Alabama 811

The notice of the intent to excavate is valid for a period of 14 calendar days and must include the following information:

  1. Name, address and phone number of the person responsible for the excavation or demolition
  2. Name of the person giving notice
  3. Proposed starting date and time of excavation
  4. Type of excavation or demolition work to be accomplished
  5. Location of the proposed excavation or demolition with sufficient details to enable the operator to locate the site with reasonable certainty
  6. Whether explosives will be used at the site

After you call Alabama 811 and provide all the necessary information, you will be given a reference number, which you should keep. Remember, if you have not completed your excavation work within a two-week period, you will need to renew your excavation or demolition (ticket) information with Alabama 811 so they can notify member utilities that work is still under way at that job site.

Alabama 811 will be able to tell you exactly which member utilities will be notified for your job site. It is a good idea to ask which utilities will be notified to ensure that there are not any non-member companies that you will need to contact on your own.

The information you provide to Alabama 811 will be transmitted to all the member companies with facilities in the area of your excavation activities. The member companies will then send trained personnel to your job site to stake or mark the underground lines. Alabama 811 members will use the standard color codes for your convenience.

Color Codes
Color coding for locating utility lines is as follows:
Red Electric power lines, Cables, Conduit and Lightning Cables
Yellow Gas, Oil, Steam, Petroleum or Gaseous Materials
Orange Communication, Alarm or Signal Lines, Cables or Conduit
Blue Water, Irrigation and Slurry Lines
Green Sewers and Drain Lines
White Proposed excavation
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