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

Every digging job requires a call to 811 – from large-scale projects to smaller do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. It’s free. It’s smart. It’s your responsibility. 

Whether you’re planting a tree or putting in a playset, always call 811 at least three working days before you start digging. A representative from a local utility will mark the approximate location of the buried utilities at your dig site. It’s the law. To learn more about what the markings mean go to VA811.

Here are seven project examples you may be planning when you need to call 811 before you dig. 

  1. Planting a tree
  2. Building a deck
  3. Putting in a mailbox
  4. Putting in a playset
  5. Installing a fence
  6. Planting a bush or hedge
  7. Pouring concrete

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!