WV 811 is here to protect all excavators from hazards while planning to excavate in West Virginia. Prior notification of excavation and location of these underground facilities are REQUIRED BY LAW. Those who choose to ignore the danger by digging blindly or failing to familiarize themselves with damage prevention may be facing legal enforcement and fines.

Excavators include those who move the earth with non-mechanical or powered equipment. These excavators may work for city, municipal, county or state governments or contracting companies. Excavators can include landscaping or fence companies, owners of underground facilities and even homeowners.

Calling 811 at least two business days prior to an excavation will allow utility members to mark their lines. WV 811 DOES NOT MARK LINES. The utility owners or their hired locating contractors will come out and mark your proposed excavation site for FREE so you can dig safely.

Click below to submit your information online. Or dial 811 if you are inside West Virginia. If calling from outside the state, dial 800-245-4848.

Be Ready!

When making a locate request (online or over the phone), please have the following information ready:

  • Excavator name/Company name/phone number
  • Contact information: Name of contact and contact number(s):
  • Work-site information:
    -Type of work/excavation
    -Location/Address, town/city, county
    -Driving directions with distances may be required
  • Locate instructions (where digging will occur)
    (Example: front, back, sides, etc.)
  • Additional information, including access issues
    (Example: locked gates, dogs, etc.)
  • Special instructions
    (Example: Call prior to going to site, use flags and paint, etc.)

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