Safe digging starts with you!
This section of our web site includes everything homeowners need to know about safe digging, including what information you'll need to provide when you call, how O.U.P.S. members respond to your request, and a list of contract locators available to mark those privately installed lines and more.
By law, everyone — including homeowners — MUST contact the Ohio Utilities Protection Service, 8-1-1 or 1-800-362-2764, at least 48 hours but no more than 10 working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) or enter it online with e-dig the easy online dig request for homeowners, before beginning ANY digging on their property. Think your project's too small? It's best to call!
ORC Sec. 3781.28. (A) Except as otherwise provided in divisions (C), (D), (E), and (F)of this section, at least forty-eight hours but not more than ten working days before commencing excavation, the excavator shall notify a protection service of the location of the excavation site and the date on which excavation is planned to commence.
*Please note that the Ohio Revised Code defines excavator as “the person or persons responsible for making the actual excavation” (ORC Sec. 3781.25 (K)). Therefore, while O.U.P.S.will not refuse a ticket from any caller, we advise the actual excavator place the call to O.U.P.S., receive their own ticket number and wait the required 48 hours in order to be compliant with Ohio law.*