Tennessee State Law (Quick Summary)

   In the state of Tennessee, State Law requires anyone about to engage in either digging, excavation, moving of earth, demolition or any type of activity that disturbs the earth and therefore possibly involving a danger to damaging underground utility lines, to notify Tennessee 811, of their intent to dig.

   Tennessee 811 will then notify the member utilities of your proposed work. The utility company locator will then have 72 hours, excluding holidays and weekends, to locate those underground facilities.

   In addition to calling Tennessee 811, you may also want to contact any non-member utilities that you know are in the area of your proposed work.

   The locate ticket you receive is only valid for 15 calendar days from the start date indicated on the ticket, after which time, it expires. If you wish to continue working, you must call in at least 3 working days before the expiration date to renew your locate ticket, at which time you would be given a new ticket number.

   The complete state law is shown in its entirety by clicking on the link. Do NOT use the above quick summary as the complete representation of the law.

Tennessee 811 would be happy to clarify any questions you might have regarding the law and outline helpful guidelines and procedures of excavation.

The New Law was effective May, 2015.

  • Your name and phone number

  • The contractor or person doing the work.

  • Field contact information, email(optional), text/sms(optional)

  • The geographical location (county, city, village, or township) of the work area.

  • The address where the work will be done.

  •  Nearest cross streets to the work site

  • The type of work being done; for example, installing a fence or building a deck.

  • Information about the project area that identifies the boundaries for the utility representatives; for example, locate underground utility lines 100 feet from the north side of the house; locate underground utility lines in the entire yard; or locate underground utility lines in the front yard.