Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? WAIT! Before you start, call 8-1-1.

Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call - even small projects like planting trees and shrubs. The depth of utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area. Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Calling 811 before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences.

Visit for more information. Please have the following ready before you call:
  • Telephone Number
  • Excavator/Company Name
  • Address
  • Start Date and Time of Excavation
  • County
  • Town/City
  • Township/Range/Section
  • Worksite Street Number
  • Nearest Intersection
  • Type of Work and Depth
  • Type of Equipment Used
  • Work Location: Street/Sidewalk/Private Property/Front/Rear/Side
  • Work Being Done for: Contact Person/Telephone Number
  • Best Time to Call Back
Call The Alabama Line Location Center at least two working days before you dig. Its quick and easy to use, it protects property and people and it's the LAW in Alabama.


Color codes for locating utility lines