NOTE: If you have the needed information, you can create a locate request online here.
The following questions will be asked by the Blue Stakes operator. Questions to which an answer is required are marked with an (R).
- (R) What is the name, phone number, and mailing address. of the party calling in the request?
The party who will be actually conducting the excavation must contact Blue Stakes as part of their legal responsibilities — no party (such as a general contractor or homeowner) can assume responsibility or call in a request for the excavator. If more than one excavator will dig at the site, they must each create their own locate request.
- (R) What is your name and best contact number?
This allows the utilities to contact you if they have questions or problems marking the area. In addition, you can supply a field contact if you would like the utilities to contact someone else (e.g. a site foreman).
- Who is the work being done for?
The utilities have asked us to provide this information.
- Do you have a fax number or e-mail address?
Some utility companies may have lines in the area, but not directly where you plan to excavate. Listing a fax number or email address provides a convenient way for them to notify you that their lines are not in conflict with your proposed excavation.
- (R) What type of work will you be doing?
Specify the purpose of your excavation — such as sprinklers, fence, irrigation, etc., rather than the type of excavation, i.e. trenching, backhoe, post-hole, etc.
- (R) Will you be using directional boring or trenchless excavation techniques?
This is any type of excavation that goes horizontally underground without disturbing the surface.
- (R) What county and city will the excavation take place in?
If the excavation is not within any city limits, please state how many miles and in what direction the site is from the nearest incorporated city or town.
- (R) What is the address of the dig site?
We require one of the following:
(a) A posted address, or directions from the nearest posted address.
(b) A posted intersection, or directions from the nearest posted intersection.
(c) A highway and mile post marker, freeway and exit number, or directions from one of these.
(d) Latitude longitude coordinates and the corresponding Township & Range Section number (only accepted for rural areas). In Salt Lake county, we also request a grid coordinate for any address (e.g. Redwood Rd = 1700 W).
- Is there a subdivision name or lot number?
If you have this information, it may help the utilities find the location. We will not accept a lot number as the only address, except for rare subdivisions that do not use regular addresses.
- Which side of the street is the property on?
This helps the locators to find the site. Please give absolute directions such as north, south, east, or west. If you are on a corner lot, please state either the NW, NE, SW, or SE corner.
- (R) Which part of the lot would you like marked?
Please state the area you are going to be excavating in, rather than the area where you think the lines are located. For more information, see FAQ #18.