This easy-to remember, nationwide number is federally mandated and designated by the FCC to consolidate all local “Call Before You Dig” numbers.
One FREE call to 811 will get your utility lines marked and helps protect you from potential injury and unnecessary expense.
Calling 811 is for both professional excavators and do-it yourself homeowners. Many homeowners do some type of digging project such as building a deck or installing a fence. Often they make assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but NJ law requires a markout for every digging project – even small projects like planting trees and shrubs.
The local one call center personnel will route your request to your local utility which then sends a professional locator to mark your lines for free within three business days.
Knowing the approximate location of your buried utility lines helps protect you from injury and the consequences that can result from accidentally damaging a buried utility line. The depths of utility lines vary, and there can be multiple utility lines in the same area. Damages to these lines can disrupt service to the entire neighborhood, cause injuries and even harm the environment.
Excavating Safely Brochure (pdf)