Question: Do I Need To Call 811 Before Landscaping?

Does 811 find water lines?

811: A Critical Safety Tool The electric, oil, gas, and phone/cable lines are owned by the utility right up to the meter, so these are covered by 811.

The water and sewer lines are public until you hit the property line; here they become private.

811 does not cover them after this point..

Can you dig a hole to China?

Take a closer look at a globe: China is actually not antipodal to the United States. That would be impossible, since they’re both in the Northern Hemisphere. If you dug a hole from anywhere in the lower 48 states straight through the center of the Earth, you’d actually come out… in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

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.

How far in advance can I call 811?

two business daysWhether you are planting a tree or a garden, or digging holes for fence posts, call 811 at least two business days before you plan to start your project. For more information visit California 811Opens in new Window.. Learn more about safe digging by going to the webpages linked below.

How far down are utility lines buried?

between 12 and 18 inchesThere will likely be a minimum depth requirement for underground lines; the required depth is usually between 12 and 18 inches.

Can you pour concrete over buried electrical lines?

You can pour the concrete over the ground above the lines but if you dig and damage the lines you are liable. If the lines weren’t deep enough or not in conduit that is the electric companies fault and you aren’t responsible.

Can you be fined for not 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. Why risk it?

In the US, likely yes. If you own the mineral rights to your land or receive a valid patent in the case where mineral rights are held by the federal government, and your land is not precluded from mining by local or State zoning regulation, then you can dig away.

Is it illegal to dig a hole?

The county beach – like many others along the Southern California coastline – has an ordinance restricting holes deeper than two feet. The general rule is to never dig a hole deeper than your knees.

How deep can I dig without 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.

What happens if you dig without calling 811?

What happens if I do not call before I dig? If you do not call before digging, it is quite possible that you will dig into a buried utility line and potentially create a life-threatening situation, you can be fined, or even cause an outage to an essential utility service.

How deep can you dig legally?

As has been said previously, there is no minimum or maximum legal depth of which you can dig holes in your backyard residential lot without calling 811 or consulting the local building authorities, meaning that you have to call 811 before digging any kind of hole.

How deep are water mains buried?

12″Usually 12″. No need to go any deeper since we don’t get that cold. Shallow water lines tend to get hot and since most yard piping (meter to home) is PVC you may encounter a poor taste.

Is 811 confidential?

HealthLine – 811: HealthLine is confidential, 24-hour health information and support line staffed by experienced registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and social workers.

How long is an 811 ticket good for?

It is critical that your excavation site is still outlined in white so that your request can be properly addressed. Your ticket is valid for twenty-eight (28) calendar days from the date of its issuance-not when you first break ground.