Dig with CARE

Dig with CARE


Virginia law requires ANYONE planning an excavation project to call Virginia 811 at least three working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before beginning any excavation or demolition project. You don't have to be a Columbia Gas of Virginia customer to call 811 before you dig. This law applies to everyone. Visit the Virginia 811 website to learn more.

Dig With CARE

C - Call 811 before you dig
A - Allow required time for marking
R - Respect and protect the marks
E - Excavate carefully

Common Residential Excavation Projects

These are some common residential excavation and demolition projects that require you to call Virginia 811 before you start work. To learn more about what the markings mean go to VA811.

  • Digging holes for fence posts or a mailbox
  • Anchoring supports for decks or swings
  • Removing tree roots or grinding tree stumps
  • Driving landscaping stakes into the ground
  • Installing a retaining wall
  • Demolition of buildings

It's the Law

Virginia 811 is a free service. Even if your project is small, always call 811 and Dig With CARE. It's Virginia law!