Excavation work in California, which includes agricultural activities, has required a “call before you dig” ticket since the 1980’s. Standard tickets are valid for 28 days and can be renewed if work is ongoing. In 2017, lawmakers created an ‘Area of Continual Excavation’ (ACE) ticket that is valid for one calendar year and available to farmers and certain flood control facility operators. The goal was to create a safe and less burdensome option from the normal ticket process that complies with safe digging laws.
Delineate your dig site in white paint, flags, stakes, whiskers, or chalk.
Visit www.usanorth811.org to submit your ticket online, or dial 811; available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays). If you are requesting an ACE ticket, just let us know over the phone, or select the appropriate option when submitting your ticket online.
Utility owners have at least two working days, not including the day of notification, to respond to your ticket by marking the site, providing information on the location of their facilities underground, or giving an ‘all clear’ if there are no facilities in the dig area.
Excavators must confirm that ALL utility members on the ticket have responded before excavation can begin, even if the start date and time has passed (submitting a ‘No Response’ to the ticket will send another notification to the utility owner. Call us at 811 or log into your E-Ticket account to submit a No Response on your ticket).
Excavators are required to use hand tools only within 24 inches on either side of the underground line and are responsible for the safety and protection of any facilities while they are exposed.
ACE tickets are ONLY available to farmers and flood control facilities where the excavation is part of “normal business activities.” A flood control facility is defined in Title 19 of the California Code of Regulations as “an engineered basin operated by a state or local agency, used for the temporary slowing and storing of storm water runoff and for which regular removal of debris is required."
For areas of continual excavation that include or are within 10 feet of a high priority subsurface installation, an onsite meeting between a representative of the excavator and the operator of the high priority subsurface installation is required, and must be facilitated by using an Area of Continual Excavation Agreement (form below).
An onsite meeting must take place at a mutually agreed upon date and time on the property where the high priority subsurface installation is present. Representatives must be authorized to enter into an agreement and be prepared with all the relevant information of their respective operations.
If there are contrary understandings of the exact location of the high priority subsurface installation, the operator must demonstrate a conflict with the area of continual excavation by providing documentation of the exact location of the facility or by exposing the facility with hand tools or vacuum excavation at a mutually agreed upon date and time.
If the ACE does not contain a high priority subsurface installation and is more than 10 feet away from any high priority subsurface installation, then the operator or excavator may request an optional onsite meeting using the Area of Continual Excavation Optional Agreement (form below).
If you are not excavating within the next 14 calendar days a ticket cannot be submitted since the project is in the design phase. To acquire infrastructure information/ location for design purposes, the engineering department of each utility operator must be contacted. USA North 811 provides the Utility Member Contact Lookup tool free of charge. Please use the button below to generate a list of design/engineering contacts.
The following is a list of Holidays recognized by California and Nevada. Both California and Nevada One-Call Laws do not allow Federal or State Holidays to be included as part of the legal notice for the excavation notification. For holidays that occur on Saturdays, USA NORTH 811 will observe the holiday the Friday before the holiday. For holidays that occur on Sundays, they will be observed on the following Monday.
01/01/22 – Observed – 12/31/21
New Years Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
Cesar Chavez Day
Family Day (Day after Thanksgiving)
12/25/22 Observed – 12/26/22
Welcome to the USA North 811 DIRT portal. Follow the below steps to input your data for either California or Nevada. NOTE: DIRT reporting is done on an anonymous basis and is a tool for data collecting, not enforcement of excavation law. All personal information for the individual entering the report will be removed.
If you are trying to input DIRT data for California only, please click the link below to submit your report to the California DIRT Page: (NOTE: When you submit your data through the CA DIRT portal, a report will also be transmitted to the National DIRT program as well fulfilling any National reporting requirements you might have)
or click the link below to download and print out a copy of the CA DIRT form for use in the field:
If you are trying to input DIRT data for Nevada only, please click the link below to submit your report to the National CGA DIRT Page:
To cultivate public safety and damage prevention by creating cohesive lines of communication between excavators and utility operators. Our vision of transparency and fluidity is streamlined by exceptional customer service and public education. We aim to surpass One Call industry best practice standards and inspire inclusive participation from stakeholders.
USA North 811 began operation in May of 1975 & incorporated as a 501 (c)(6) Non-Profit Mutual Benefit Corporation in 1986. Our objective is to receive planned excavation reports from public or private excavators and to transmit those planned excavation reports to all participating utility members of USA North 811 who may have facilities in and around that excavation site. Our members will either: 1) mark or stake the horizontal path of their facility, 2) provide information about the location of their facility, or 3) advise the excavator of clearance, for facilities that they own.
Please select a Ticket Research option below
Central California Irrigation District
Los Banos, CA - 209-826-1421
M & M Electric
Sacramento, CA 916-929-0150
The Don Chapin Company Inc.
Salinas, CA 831-444-4191
Underground Construction Company Inc
Benicia, CA 707-746-8800
Wattis Construction Company Inc.
San Jose, CA 408-293-3669
Global Utility Tracking System
Courtland, CA 209-993-2700
Instrument Technology Corp
Sebastopol, CA 800-519-1998
Pacific Coast Locators
La Crescenta, CA 818-249-7700
Martinez, CA 925-228-8771
Underground Utility Detection Services
Crescent City, CA 707-954-4164
The California Regional Common Ground Alliance (CARCGA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit mutual benefit corporation dedicated to ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and integrity of underground services in California. CARCGA is a Regional Partner of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA). Through the effective promotion of CGA’s damage prevention best practices, CARGCA boasts participation from a variety of stakeholders including but not limited to utility operators and professional excavators.
CGA is a member-driven association of 1,700 individuals, organizations and sponsors in every facet of the underground utility industry. Established in 2000, CGA is committed to saving lives and preventing damage to underground infrastructure by promoting effective damage prevention practices. CGA has established itself as the leading organization in an effort to reduce damages to underground facilities in North America through shared responsibility among all stakeholders.
The Nevada Regional Common Ground Alliance is open to any individual, organization, municipality or corporation interested in the promotion of underground damage prevention in the state of Nevada. The NRCGA provides a forum for members and non-members to exchange information and ideas at monthly meetings, offers free excavator training on damage prevention and Nevada excavation law, and holds events throughout the year to educate homeowners and excavators about the importance of calling 811 before beginning any digging project.
NICE InContact is our latest technology partner that will be providing our Contact Center with a state of the art customer service phone system that will be available before 2020.
Norfield is a member-owned technology organization, consisting of notification centers for California (Northern and Southern), Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah, and Virginia, who collectively process over ten million incoming excavation notification requests annually.
WebTMS is a multi-center, web-based One Call Ticket Management System for receiving locate request tickets, managing locator workflow and assignments, transmitting positive responses back to the originating One Call Center, transmitting notifications to excavators, and providing metrics for managers to effectively manage their locate teams and response times. USA North 811 offers utility operators this ticket management solution free of charge.
TYPES OF INFORMATION COLLECTED. We may ask you for certain information referred to as "personal information," which includes information that pertains to your identity. Such information may include, but is not limited to, items such as your name, company affiliation, address, e-mail address, and telephone number. You may be required to provide personal information to access or use certain parts of our website or features of the site. If you do not provide the requested personal information, you may not be able to access or use the features of the site where such information is requested.
USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION. We will primarily use the personal information we receive from you to provide services to you, including, but not limited to, the following:
A. To administer and fulfil the purpose of the USA North program.
B. To send surveys to you about our service to better understand your interests and needs, so we can improve our services. If you no longer wish to receive any e-mails from us you may opt out (see Section 12).
C. To send alerts to you about our service, updates, changes, and outages. If you no longer wish to receive any SMS messages from us you may opt out (see Section 12 and 13).
TYPES OF INFORMATION COLLECTED. There may be other instances in which we collect information from you that is more general in nature ("general information"). Such information may include your Internet Protocol (IP) address, which enables us to identify your computer or device on a Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) network, which includes the World Wide Web. Your computer has an IP address, which is required in order for you to communicate with others via the Internet. Such general information, including cookies, as mentioned below, may be collected from you whenever you access the site, whether or not you provide us with any personal information.
7.1. Click Stream Data
When you visit our website we may also collect "click stream data" (server address, domain name). This information can be combined with information you have provided to us by registering, for example, which will enable us to analyze and better customize your visits. We may use click stream data for traffic analysis of our website to determine which features of our site are most or least effective or useful to you.
7.3. How We Respond to "Do Not Track" Disclosures
Please keep in mind that whenever you give out personal information online there is a risk that third parties may intercept and use that information. While USA North strives to protect your personal information and privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online. By using this site, you expressly acknowledge and agree that we do not guarantee the security of any data provided to or received by us through this site and that any personal information, general information, or other data or information received from you through the site is provided to us at your own risk, which you expressly assume.
9.1. Registration Declined
9.2. Notice Concerning Children
PLEASE NOTE: We are a general audience site, and do not direct any of our content specifically at children under 13 years of age. We understand and are committed to respecting the sensitive nature of children's privacy online. If we learn or have reason to suspect that a site user is under age 13, we will promptly delete any personal information in that user's account.
10.1. Disclosing Information to Third Parties
WHO MAY HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR INFORMATION. USA North is comprised of various participating members who opt to become members of USA North and who own or operate any underground facilities in the area served by USA North. We provide our services through member agreements with participating members. The participating members carry or transport materials including, but not limited to, water, gas, oil, fuel, and sewage, and/or conduit used for electric, telephone, or other services. USA North provides personal information to its participating members for the purpose of providing services. Our participating members may use your personal information for the purpose of carrying out the work as agreed with us.
In addition to members, USA North provides information to the California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board (Dig Safe Board) for purposes of compliance with and effectuating the purpose of California Government Code 4216 et seq.
Our sole purpose in providing personal information to the participating members is for use by the participating members in providing services related to their membership and the USA North program as contemplated by California Government Code 4216 et. seq. Any other use by participating members is neither intended nor authorized by USA North. The participating members may have adopted individual privacy policies. However, the use of your personal information by participating members is governed by the privacy policies of those participating members and is not subject to our control. Other than to participating members for the purposes set out above, and except as described in this policy, we do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your personal information or general information to third parties without informing you in advance.
RELEASE OF INFORMATION. USA North will release personal or general information without your consent for security purposes, when required by law, or to prevent imminent harm to any person or entity. We will disclose personal or general information upon receipt of a court order or subpoena, or to cooperate with a law enforcement investigation, which may include responding to requests and court orders from jurisdictions outside the United States. We fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies in identifying those who use our services for illegal activities. We reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we in good faith believe to be unlawful, as determined in our sole discretion. Release of your personal data for security purposes, as described in this agreement to any person or entity under any circumstances shall be based on a determination made solely by us, exercising our own discretion, permission for which is expressly granted by you to us in accordance with this policy.
10.4. Links to Third Parties
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CHANGING YOUR INFORMATION. You may opt out, delete, or modify your personal information associated with a specific user account, by visiting our website or by contacting us by telephone at 811. We encourage you promptly to update your personal information when it changes. However, personal information submitted in association with a submitted USA North ticket will remain on the ticket and will be maintained by USA North for purposes of its own recordkeeping responsibilities and for purposes of operating its business.
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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION. USA North and its service providers may use an automatic telephone dialing system (“autodialer”) to deliver USA North text messages to you. USA North text messages are intended to provide you with updates and information including service outages, event notifications, service or system upgrades, local and state law updates, and other important 811 information.
MESSAGE FREQUENCY. The number of text messages that you receive will vary depending on how many of USA North’s text messaging programs for which you sign up to receive messages. You will receive a maximum of one hundred messages per month.
COST. Message and data rates may apply to each text message sent or received in connection with text messages, as provided in your mobile telephone service rate plan (please contact your mobile telephone carrier for pricing plans), in addition to any applicable roaming charges. USA North does not impose a separate fee for sending text messages.
SUPPORTED CARRIERS. Supported carriers may change from time to time, but currently include AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, among others.
HOW TO OPT-IN. To opt-in to receive text messages from USA North text messaging program(s), please follow the instructions provided. By opting-in, you are agreeing to the following statement: “I agree to receive marketing/autodialed text messages from USA North 811 at the mobile number I have provided. Consent is not required to purchase goods or services.”
HOW TO OPT-OUT. To stop receiving text messages from the USA North text messaging program, text STOP to the five digit short code for the text messaging program from which you no longer wish to receive message (i.e., the five digit number from which its text messages are being sent). You will then receive confirmation of your opt-out of that text messaging program.
HELP. To request more information, text HELP to the five-digit short code for the text messaging program about which you have questions (i.e., the five digit number from which its text messages are being sent). You may also receive help by visiting the “contact us” page of our website www.usanorth811.org.