White Paint Law (Overview)

This section is taken from the Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act, for the sole purpose of highlighting the white paint section of the law. This is NOT the entire law.

65-31-106. Notice of Intent to Excavate or Demolish 

 2. (b) The written, telephonic or electronic mail (e-mail) notice required by subsection (a) shall contain the name, address and telephone number and email address of the person filing the notice of intent and, if different, the person responsible for the excavation or demolition, the starting date, the anticipated duration of the excavation or demolition, the type of excavation or demolition operation to be conducted, the specific location of the proposed excavation or demolition and whether or not explosives are anticipated to be used. The location of the proposed excavation or demolition shall be designated by the person responsible for the excavation or demolition by marking such area with "safety white" color-coded stakes or white paint unless:

(1) The operator or its agent can determine the precise location of the proposed area of excavation based solely on the street address from a one-call service locate ticket because of the size of the property;

(2) The operator or its agent can determine the precise location of the proposed area of excavation from a one-call service locate ticket which references a driveway or other easily identifiable point on the property and which identifies the property by street address or block and lot number;

(3) The operator or its agent can determine the precise location of the proposed area of excavation from a one-call service locate ticket which identified the property as being located on a street or road between two designated intersections of such street or road and two cross streets or roads when a street address or block and lot number is unavailable or does not apply; or 

(4) The person responsible for the excavation or demolition and all operators with underground facilities in the proposed area of excavation have had a meeting prior to the beginning of the excavation or demolition for the exchange of information on the location of the proposed excavation or demolition.