Below is a list of the most common customer questions. If you can’t find an answer to your question,
please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Is it against the law to dig without calling 811?
The law, in all states, generally provides that anyone excavating must call the 811 utility-locate hotline before digging begins to have all utilities located and marked. But as of January 1, the law has changed.
Does 811 find private property?
In most (if not all) states, calling 811 before you dig is the law. Miss Utility (811) does not itself locate utilities. Private utility lines are buried utilities that are located on common or private property between the meter and a home or a commercial building.
How deep can you dig before calling Miss Utility?
Before any type of digging on your property, even if it is only a few inches deep, contact Miss Utility at least 2 full days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before your planned dig.
How deep can I dig on my property?
In theory, it is possible to dig several stories deep under your yard and even spread out to move across your yard and into others. Assuming you can support the hole properly and make sure there is no risk to your foundations or that of your neighbors you could theoretically dig as deep as you like.
How deep are residential utility lines typically buried?
Direct Burial Installation The minimum depth requirement of a direct burial cable is 24 inches, except when installed under a concrete slab with a minimum thickness of 2 inches. In this case, the cable can be installed at only 18 inches deep.
How deep are residential phone lines buried?
How deep are phone lines buried? The lines are usually buried with an edging tool. So they are 8 inches down at the maximum, 3 at the minimum. Call 811 before you dig.
How do you get your utilities marked?
811 in Your State Each state has its own 811 call center to help you get digging. Choose your state to find information about your area. An 811 representative will take information about your project and notify appropriate utility companies to mark buried lines so you can dig safely around them!
Whether you are a homeowner or a professional excavator, your call to 811 allows affected facility operators to locate and mark their underground facilities in the area in which you are digging. There is no cost to you even the call is free so Call 811 Before You Dig. Follow this link for more information on 811.
Is digging without calling 811 illegal?
California State Law Says, You Must Contact DigAlert Before You Dig! Digging without a DigAlert® ticket is just simply dangerous, not to mention illegal!
How many days before digging should you call 811?
You should call 811 or use your state 811 center's website a few business days before you begin any digging, including common projects like planting trees and shrubs or installing fences and mailboxes. The specific amount of advance notice that you are required to provide varies by state.
What happens if you dig before calling 811?
California State Law Says, You Must Contact DigAlert Before You Dig! Failure to do so can result in fines up to fifty thousand dollars and you could be charged with the repair costs of damaged underground facility.
How far down can you dig before calling 811?
There is no allotted depth before a person needs to call 811. Whether you are just planting small shrubs or installing fences, CGA says any time you are putting a shovel in the ground you need to call due to the fact that many utilities are buried just a few inches below the surface.
When should you call 811?
Always call 811 a few days before digging, regardless of the depth or familiarity with the property. Plan ahead. Call on Monday or Tuesday for work planned for an upcoming weekend, providing ample time for the approximate location of lines to be marked.