Why & When to Place a Locate Request

Why to Place:

You may be surprised by what's buried in your yard. That's because most electric, gas, water, sewer and telecommunications companies are delivering utility services to you underground. To avoid personal injury and damage to those underground lines, state law requires you to contact MISS DIG 811 before starting a digging project, regardless of the project size or depth. MISS DIG 811's services are free, there are no fees associated with web access and if by phone, the call is free.

You can prevent injury and avoid damage by following these four important steps:

  • Call or Click before you dig 
  • Wait the required amount of time (three business days after your request is placed)
  • Respect the marks
  • Dig with care

When to Place:

A locate request needs to be placed at least 3 business days prior to but no more than 14 days before conducting excavation on your property. Contact MISS DIG 811 by using e-Locate, dialing 811, 248-370-6400, or 1-800-482-7171 to place a locate request online.

Make sure you notify MISS DIG 811 if you are doing any of the following projects: 

  • Decks & Patios
  • Trees or Shrubs
  • Swing Sets
  • Signs
  • Fountains
  • Tents
  • Fences
  • Mailbox Posts
  • Room Additions
  • Gardens
  • Swimming Pools
  • Landscaping