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A person responsible for excavation, boring or other ground penetration is required by law to contact the Utility Notification Center at 1-800-424-5555 or by other approved means at least 2 business days in advance of the work. This ensures that publicly owned underground lines are marked to avoid personal injury and accidental damage to property or utilities.
Step 1: Call 1-800-424-5555 with the following information ready:
indicates required information.
- Your name, phone number, company name (if applicable), and mailing address.
- The name and phone number of an alternate contact person, in case the utilities have questions and cannot reach you.
- If the work is taking place within 10 feet of any overhead power lines.
- What type of work is being done?
- Who the work is being done for?
- The address or the street where the work is taking place. The University of Washington address is not specific enough—please provide the cross street, distance, and direction. A marked map or GPS coordinates are also helpful.
- Marking instructions (specific instructions as to where the work is taking place).
Step 2: Identify the work area with white paint by boxing around the site, writing “Locate” on the ground, and clarifying with arrows as necessary.
Step 3: Wait to dig until after the amount of time designated by the Utility Notification Center has passed.
For more information visit the Utility Notification Center website.
If you have further questions, please email Erik Brihagen.