How It Works

The Process to Safer Digging

The 5 Step Process

Blue Stakes of Utah 811 Notification Center is the communications link between excavators and participating facility owners and is the statewide association to contact to have underground utility lines located and marked before commencing any excavation. This is a FREE service which is funded by participating member facility owners. 

Damage Prevention is everyone’s responsibility. Thank you for doing your part by Clicking to submit your request online or Calling 811 before you dig; Waiting the required amount of time; Confirming that marks have been completed; Respecting the marks; and Digging with Care.  It takes a combined effort to protect public safety, minimize utility service interruptions, and avoid damage to property and equipment.

Preparation is Key

Timing

Submitting the Request for Marking

Online Locate Request Applications

Blue Stakes of Utah 811 provides multiple convenient applications for submitting locate requests online. DIY’ers and Professional Excavators may submit locate requests online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  New requests are processed during regular business hours, 8:00 am through 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. A brief explanation of each available option is provided below. To submit your locate request online, click on the Get Started button below the option you need.

New Request

Get started by creating your Locate Request.  It is as easy as filling out your information and dig site location!

Revise Request

Do you have an active Locate Request that you need to view, update, request a re-mark or cancel?  Click below to get started.

Duplicate Request

Do you have a Locate Request that you need to duplicate for your own company?  Create your duplicate request here!

Resources

Excavators' Guide

Download the Excavator's Guide.

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Electronic Positive Response

Check on your locate request status or learn about the response codes used by participating Member Facility Owners reported to Blue Stakes.

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Uniform Color Code & Marking Guidelines

Access the Appendix B for the CGA Best Practices.

FAQs

Obtain answers to frequently asked questions regarding locate request (ticket) information and the need to “Know what’s below, Call 811 before you dig”.

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Why is contacting 811 so important?

Frequently Asked Questions (Q&A)

Yes. You should call no matter how deep you are digging, since many cables and pipes lie at extremely shallow depths. Utah law defines “excavation” as “an operation in which earth, rock, or other material on or below the ground is moved or displaced by tools, equipment, or explosives.” The law specifies to contact Blue Stakes before excavating.

Utah law only requires utility owners to mark the lines that they own and maintain. This usually means up to the meter. Underground lines that extend beyond the meter or that are not connected to a meter are typically not installed or owned by a utility company and therefore may not be marked. These include water and sewer laterals, power to a detached garage or lamppost, sprinkler / irrigation systems, lines connected to a propane tank or septic system, etc.

Almost every job site will include some type of privately-owned underground pipe or cable. The excavator should inspect the property carefully and ask the property owner about private underground lines before digging. The excavator should consider hiring a private locator to mark private lines that could be in conflict with the excavation project. Areas where private lines are especially common include apartment complexes, mobile home parks, gated subdivisions, cabin communities, schools and universities, hospital complexes, industrial areas, government facilities and military installations.

Locating companies that can be hired to mark private lines:
(Blue Stakes of Utah 811 does not endorse or promote any private locating company)

Company Phone Website Email Operating Counties Address
Apex Locating Services 385-320-3747 Website Email Entire State
– locates all services

Farmington, Utah
Blood Hound Private Utility Locators 385-910-9219 Website Email Entire State 1755 W Sequoia Vista
Circle Ste 3-D
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
CRI., Inc. 435-867-1853 Website Email Entire State
– locates all services
(Uses GPR and EM-Electromagnetic)
169 S 400 E
Lindon, Utah 84042
Earthview Technology Inc. 801-446-3004 Website Email Entire State PO Box 1409
Riverton, UT 84065
ELM Locating and Utility Services 406-728-9343 Website   Box Elder, Cache, Weber, Morgan, Davis, Summit, Wasatch, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, Beaver, Iron, Washington 3021 Palmer, Suite C
Missoula, MT 59808
GPR Services Inc. 385-253-1776 Website Email Entire State
– Utility Locating, Concrete Scanning, and Sub Surface Engineering
92 E 1810 N
Tooele, UT 84074
Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, Inc. 801-599-2115 Website Email Entire State
– locates all services
900 W Bitner Rd, Suite J-17
Park City, Utah 84094
Magic Valley Private Utility Locates 208-358-2351 Website Email Entire State Burley, ID
PdM Professionals & Consultants LLC 435-621-2539 Website Email Entire State
– locates all services
11000 N 8325 E
P.O. Box 76066
Tridell, Utah 84076
Penhall Technologies 801-416-3420 Website   Entire State 2449 S Constitution Blvd
West Valley City, UT 84119
Right Side Locating 801-637-4078 Website   Entire State 6044 S 5800 W
Kearns, Utah 84118
Stake Center Locating 801-364-1063 Website Email Entire State
– does not locate sprinkler systems, sewer lines, or storm drain lines
2920 W Directors Row
Salt Lake City, UT
USIC 317-575-7800 Website   Entire State

1755 W Sequoia Vista Circle Ste 3-D
Salt Lake City, UT 84104

The following entities do not participate with Blue Stakes. If you need to dig on property owned or controlled by one of these entities, please contact that entity directly in addition to contacting Blue Stakes.

– Union Pacific Railroad – “Call Before You Dig!” Hotline – 800-336-9193
– Utah Transit Authority – UTA Control Center – 801-352-6701
– Hill Air Force Base – Red Stake – 801-777-0540
– Navajo Tribal Utility Authority – (for Navajo Nation lands) – 800-528-5011

Blue Stakes recommends that excavators perform a thorough visual inspection of the entire dig site area to determine if all underground utility facilities have been located prior to beginning excavation. Excavators should keep notes to make sure that each utility owner was notified and has responded. An excavator suspects the presence of unmarked facilities, he/she should contact the Blue Stakes Contact Center or the utility owner directly and request that the unmarked utilities be marked immediately.

To check for Electronic Positive Responses from participating member utility owners, go to Blue Stakes Positive Response page, click on the “Check your ticket’s responses” button and then enter the ticket number.  This will display a list of all participating member utility owners for that request, including if and how they each have responded to the locate request.

Member utility companies will mark their lines at no cost. If you need the lines remarked as you continue excavating, they will be marked again at no charge.

However, if you request the same area to be marked multiple times and do not excavate, the utility companies may bill you for their costs to mark the area.

You must contact the appropriate utility companies individually and ask them to mark their lines. To look up the utility owners in your area, use the Utility Contact Information Lookup page.

The depth of utilities varies by location and by type of utility. An underground pipe or cable may no longer be at the same depth as when it was originally buried if grading, leveling, erosion or other nearby surface activity has taken place. For that reason, Utah law does not require utility owners to indicate the depth of their underground facilities. Utah law does not specify how deep utility lines must be buried. For more information, please see FAQ #1.


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We’re here to help

Whether you are doing some gardening or building the next skyscraper, having an active Locate Request and markings isn’t just a nice to have, it is the law!  Our website and Locate Specialists are here to help.

You can easily create your Locate Request online or if you would like assistance, call us and we’ll walk you through the process to safer digging.