Contact 811 before you dig. Protect yourself, your community and the infrastructure that makes daily life possible.
811 is the national call-before-you-dig phone number. Anyone who plans to dig should call 811 or visit the Virginia 811 website two to three business days before digging. Professional locators are then sent — for free — to the requested dig site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both so that you don’t dig into and damage an underground utility line.
Always contact your 811 center, wait the required time for utilities to respond to your request and ensure that all utilities have responded to your request before digging in the ground.
A homeowner using a shovel and a professional excavator using an earthmover are required by state law to call 811.
Virginia Natural Gas encourages homeowners and contractors to follow these safe digging guidelines and always dig with C.A.R.E.:
Check out these links for additional information about safe digging: