What is Washington811?
A FREE service paid for by buried utility operators.
To Find Out What is Buried Before You:
- Install a fence
- Build a deck
- Plant trees
- Build a shed
- Dig a well or septic tank
- Install Sprinkler Systems
- Install private utilities to a shop, barn, garage, greenhouse, etc.
How do I start?
Two business days before you start digging:
CALL 811 to speak to a live person that will take down your project details; it takes about 10 minutes. Or - BYPASS the call center and complete the process online via Itic; an Option that Allows You to Enter Your Call Before You Dig request Online from any device that gives you access to the internet. No Waiting on phone.
HOMEOWNERS GO ONLINE HERE : Click.
PROFESSIONAL EXCAVATORS? THIS IS YOUR: Click
What Happens Next?
The Utility Companies will send a worker to locate their buried lines (for FREE) that might be near your proposed digging area. They will only mark the lines they own. They will not mark any private lines, such as: lines going to fire pits, BBQ’s, fountains, spas, yard lights, out buildings, etc.
Each utility company will mark their lines (for FREE) using paint, chalk, flags or whiskers using a standard color code shown below:
What will this cost me? - Nothing! The entire process is paid for by the Utility Companies to help PREVENT DAMAGE to their buried lines.
Do I need a permit to call 811 to get buried lines located and marked? – NO!
How long will the process take? - Except in cases of extreme acts of nature, workers will be out within 2 business days (not including weekends or holidays) after you call 811 or complete the process online.