Protecting Lives and Property in West Virginia

Excavating and Digging Safety

811 is the free “one call” communications center for excavators, contractors, property owners, and those planning any kind of excavation (digging) or demolition. Call 811 to notify participating utilities of the upcoming excavation work so they can locate and mark their underground facilities in advance to prevent possible damage to underground utility lines, injury, property damage and service outages.

Our emergency service line is available 24 hours a day at 866-261-5525.


WV 811 protects homeowners in West Virginia. You can submit information to WV811 about any home excavation projects you are planning, such as planting a tree, building a fence or any other circumstances that include digging in your yard. Trained representatives will assist you in providing the necessary information to our member companies. Once notified of your planned excavation, members should locate their underground facilities or notify you if clear within 48 business hours of your request.

These services are FREE to everyone!

You can submit your request by going to www.WV811.com or calling 800-245-4848 or simply 811.


WV 811 protects all excavators from hazards while planning to excavate in West Virginia. 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 be facing 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.

Calling 811 at least two business days prior to an excavation will allow utility members to mark their lines. WV 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.