Why do I need to call before I dig?

Requesting a locate is free, but not requesting one can be expensive and dangerous. Locating utility lines buried underground can help you dig around them safely and help prevent personal injury, property damage, interrupted service, and monetary liabilities that can result from a line being hit. It is also the law. Revised Code of Washington 19.122.030 states you must call before you dig.

So contact Call Before You Dig, and you can find out whats buried, for free, before you:

  • Install a fence
  • Build a deck
  • Plant trees
  • Build a shed
  • Dig a well or septic tank
  • Install sprinkler systems
  • Install private utilities to a shop, barn, garage, greenhouse, etc.

Make sure you call 811 at least 48 hours before you plan to dig. The Center will then notify agencies with utilities in your area to mark their lines.

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1. What do I need a building permit for?
2. Can I get a building permit application online?
3. Do I need a permit for a fence?
4. What type of land use approval do I need for my project, and what do I need to submit with the application?
5. How long will it take to review my permit application?
6. Do I need a building permit for a shed?
7. Why do I need to call before I dig?