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Call Before You Dig


Before you dig, call the Utilities Protection Center at 1-800-282-7411

Before you start digging you should call the Utilities Protection Center of Georgia. Please give the UPC of Georgia about a week before you plan to dig. During that time, they will notify the member utilities, the utilities will send a locater to mark your utility lines with flags and/or paint markings.

The number to call is 1-800-282-7411 statewide and 770-623-4344 locally.  You will need to provide the following information to the UPC of Georgia:

  • Name, area code, phone number, address, city, county and nearest cross streets.
  • Type of work to be done and how long it will take.
  • Date and start time digging is scheduled to begin.
  • If any work will be done within 10 ft. of overhead high voltage power lines.
  • Contractor/contact person and phone number.
  • Where on the property you want marking done.
  • Specific directions to your property – landmarks, etc.

Once the area to dig has been marked and/or cleared, proceed with caution while digging. Recommended distance is two feet to either side from the markings. The colored paint and/or flags indicate the different utilities. If when digging you accidentally damage, dislocate, or disturb any utility, call UPC to report the damage. Have your ticket number handy and be ready to get a damage ticket number and phone number to call that utility that was damaged. If the damage is serious enough to create an emergency, immediately take precautions to safeguard your health and property.

For more information visit the UPC web site at www.gaupc.com

The Georgia Utility Facility Protection Act (GUFPA) was established to protect the underground utility infrastructure of Georgia. Your familiarity with and adherence to this law is extremely important in assuring the safety of our underground facilities and the general public. We have included the most important policies here for your easy reference, including Georgia Dig Law and Overhead Protection Act.

GUFPA mandates that, before starting any mechanized digging or excavation work, you must contact Georgia 811 at least 48 hours but no more than 10 working days in advance to have utility lines marked. This law covers activities such as excavation, tunneling, grading, boring, demolition or any similar work. Georgia 811 accepts calls Monday thru Friday, excluding holidays, for normal locate requests. Damage and Emergency locate request may be called in 24 hours a day, seven days a week.