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811 Before You Dig

Call Before You Dig or Click Before You Dig! Every Time!

Indiana law requires all property owners to make an important phone call before doing any digging on their land. Whether you are planting a tree, putting in a new fence or mailbox, or digging for any other reason, it is critical that you either call 811 or complete the online form at at least two business days in advance. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

By calling 811 or visiting, utility crews can come to your property and mark the locations of underground utility lines at no charge to you. The markings are done with chalk that rain will eventually wash away. Allowing utility crews to mark line locations will help keep you - or a contractor - from accidentally hitting a gas line, water main or other underground line. This will help keep service to you and your neighbors from being disrupted, and help protect you from expensive repair costs and a potential fine. More importantly, this service can help protect you from a serious or even fatal injury. Making this brief phone call or web visit is important no matter how shallow you dig or how simple your project is, since different utility lines are buried at different depths.

It is easier than ever!

The Federal Communications Commission has designated the three-digit 811 code as the national toll-free number for all local “Call Before You Dig” phone centers throughout the United States. 811 in Indiana took effect in 2007 and is reachable toll-free from anywhere in the state. You can also call 1-800-382-5544.

Why is 811 needed?

A 2006 national survey showed that only one-third (1/3) of all homeowners called to have their utility lines marked before they started outdoor projects requiring digging. But in a different national survey, 89 percent of professional excavators said this is a simple and quick call to make. Participation and compliance have increased dramatically since the new 811 code was introduced.

Remember: The service is free. The law requires it.  It may save you money. And it may save your life!

The OUCC offers this information for educational purposes, and does not regulate or oversee the 811 service.


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