Is It Legal In Montana To Be Bare Naked In Your Backyard?
It's getting pretty dang hot here in Big Sky Country. In fact, we're in one of the hottest months of the year, and the next month is probably going to be hotter. JD had some great ideas to keep cool on the cheap.
But what if that just isn't working? What if the only way to stay cool on these 100 degree days is to bare it all in your backyard. Is that a legal way to beat the heat in Montana or will it buy you a ticket, and maybe even jail time?
Can I Cool Off In The Buff In Montana?
The answer is yes.....ish
It comes down to this, you can bask in your Birthday Suit IF and ONLY IF there is no way anyone can see you.
According to Montana Law, HB 361:
Public nudity -- allowing public nudity. (1) A person commits the offense of public nudity if the person knowingly appears nude in a public place or in any other place that is readily visible to the public
Yes, there is a Penalty for Public Nudity:
A person convicted of public nudity or of allowing public nudity shall be fined an amount not to exceed $500 or be incarcerated for a term not to exceed 6 months, or both.
The penalties only get more severe each time you're caught in a state of nature in your backyard, or anywhere for that matter.
Basically, it comes down to a nice, tall privacy fence. If you want to lather on the sunblock and lay out au naturel to beat the Montana heat, you'd better get to the fence store.