Mississppi 811 is here to protect our excavators from hazards while planning to excavate in Mississippi. Prior notification of excavation and location of these underground facilities are required by law. Those who choose to ignore the danger by digging blindly or failing to familiarize themselves with damage prevention may face legal enforcement and fines.

Excavators include those who move the earth with non-mechanical or powered equipment. These excavators may work for city, municipal, county or state governments or contracting companies. Excavators can include landscaping or fence companies, owners of underground facilities and even homeowners.

If the excavator elects to mark the proposed excavation site, the location or boundaries shall be identified using white flags, paint or stakes. White is the color reserved for proposed excavation; using any other color may create confusion as to which utilities have been marked. Marking the site in this manner can help ensure that the correct area is marked by the utility owners to prevent work delay. It could also save both the excavator and locator time and money. 

Make a FREE call by dialing 811, at least 3 working days prior to an excavation. This will allow utility members to mark their lines. Mississippi 811 does not mark lines. The utility owners or their hired locating contractors will come out and mark your proposed excavation site for FREE so you can dig safely.

Begin your project with the peace of mind and confidence in knowing you are utilizing safe excavation practices while preserving vital services, protecting property and saving lives.

Tell us about your project including location, address, work done for who, type of work, how long it will take, as well as any special instructions needed to make sure the right area gets marked. We will provide you with a reference number that serves as proof of your call. In addition, Mississippi 811 will keep a complete record of your call to verify your compliance with the law.

Contacting Mississippi 811 is easier and faster than ever… The service is FREE to anyone that excavates in Mississippi. You can submit your request by one of the following services;

  • Submit an online locate request
  • Call 811 or 800.227.6477

In Mississippi, contact Mississippi 811 before you dig. It will save you money, but more importantly it may save your life!