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Posted on: April 11, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Call 811 Before You Dig Outside Your Home

A photo of yard works that includes digging with a reminder to call 811 before you dig.

April is National Safe Digging month. As the weather gets warmer, and home improvement projects begin, call 811 at least 72 hours before you dig. State law requires you to notify JULIE at least two but not more than 14 business days before any digging project regardless of the project size or depth. Even if you are digging in the same area as a previous project, notify JULIE first.

Common projects that require notifying JULIE before you dig:

  • trees and shrubs
  • fencing
  • decks and patios
  • room additions
  • swing sets
  • mailbox posts
  • signs and sheds
  • gardens
  • fountains
  • swimming pools
  • tents
  • landscaping

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JULIE has been protecting Illinois communities for more than 45 years by providing a free notification service for homeowners and professional excavators to use to request the location of underground utilities before they dig. With nearly 2,000 members in Illinois, the not-for-profit organization covers the entire state outside the city of Chicago. As a reminder, JULIE does not mark or own underground utilities.

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