Call Before You Dig

If you are planning on doing any digging around your home or business, state law requires that you contact the Indiana Underground Plant Protection Service at least two working days before you dig. DIAL 811 TO SCHEDULE.

Indiana Underground Plant Protection Service (IUPPS) is a free, non-profit, statewide utility notification service that provides a communication link between IUPPS members and contractors, homeowners or anyone else engaged in excavating activities.

This service is in place to help you avoid serious injury and avoid financial liabilities associated with damaged underground utility lines.

If you plan to dig within two feet of a marked utility line, state law requires that you expose the utility line only by the use of hand excavation, air-cutting or vacuum excavation.

Indiana state law (IC8-1-26) requires that anyone engaged in excavating using mechanized equipment must call at least two full working days prior to the start of their project. IUPPS offers a one-point contact to reach member utilities to notify them of your proposed excavation.  Dial 811 or 1-800-382-5544 for all locates before you dig.

When you call, be ready to provide the following information:

  1. The county in which excavation will take place
  2. The township in which excavation will take place
  3. The address of the excavation site
  4. The nearest cross street
  5. A second cross street
  6. What city or town the excavation site is in or near
  7. Where on the property the excavation will take place

IUPPS also offers online services. You can find their Web site at