Section 18-1A-50

Entry upon property for suitability studies.

(a) A condemnor and its agents and employees may enter upon real property for a reasonable time and make surveys, examinations, photographs, tests, soundings, borings, and samplings, or engage in other activities for the purpose of appraising the property or determining whether it is suitable and within the power of the condemnor to take for public use, if the entry is:

(1) Preceded by reasonable efforts to notify the owner, and any other person known to be in actual physical occupancy of the property, of the time, purpose, and scope of the planned entry and activities;

(2) Undertaken during reasonable daylight hours and for reasonable times;

(3) Accomplished peaceably and without inflicting substantial injury; and

(4) Not in violation of any other statute.

(b) The entry and activities authorized by this section do not constitute a trespass or constitute grounds for an inverse condemnation action, but the condemnor is liable under Sections 18-1A-52 and 18-1A-54 for resulting damages.

(Acts 1985, No. 85-548, p. 802, §301.)