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To provide an efficient, affordable communication network service of the highest industry standards to contractors, utilities, and the general public for the purpose of requesting location of buried utilities prior to excavation activities in the interest of promoting job safety and damage prevention.
North Carolina 811, is a non-profit organization funded by its member facilities. We take locate information from anyone engaged in excavation activities. An excavator may include contractors, utilities, and homeowners. The information about proposed excavation is transmitted to the member facility owners that provide service in the requested excavation area. We have a variety of member facility owners including utilities, municipalities, universities, and homeowner’s associations. Member facilities have three full working days, starting at 11:59pm the day the notice is given, to mark the locate area requested for their underground utilities or notify the excavator of no conflict in that area.
This service is free of charge to all excavators. North Carolina 811 also takes requests from those persons who do not plan to excavate, but wish to find out what utilities are in a particular area. These types of requests are referred to as Survey/Design locate requests and they require a 10 business day notice.
North Carolina 811 provides a toll free number, 1-800-632-4949, that can be reached from anywhere in the continental United States or you may dial 811 within North Carolina. North Carolina 811 does not mark utility lines; we do provide an easy communication link between excavators and utility owners.
The interactive presentation below is used to learn more about the 811 process and how it works in North Carolina.
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NC811 in the news - Video Playlist
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September 2, 2014
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Water and Public Works crews gear up for NC811 “Call Before you Dig!” changes
May 2014 ashevillenc.gov
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2nd Annual Blood Drive, an 811 Day Event
September 12, 2013 /beachcarolina.com
Long Sought NC Underground Utility Safety Law Becomes a Reality
August 20, 2013 /ncconstructionnews.com
How bills make it (slowly) through legislature to law
August 4, 2013 /news-record.com