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What is Dig Safely New York?

In 2005, Dig Safely New York instituted an Extent of Excavation (EOE) policy. This policy regulates how much or how far any given work site can be entered on a location request (also known as a ticket). Although this policy has been in practice for a few years, we would like to take this opportunity to offer a quick review and explain a few points.

Extent of Excavation - An excavation notice shall consist of a contiguous work site within a block or within 500-ft, whichever is greater. This includes the side of a road, in a field, in the median of the highway, or anywhere the work is continuous. The dig site can also extend around the corner of a block for a distance not to exceed 500-ft. If the work is being done at a property (house, business, vacant lot), you must enter a location request for each individual property, even if the properties are side by side.

For example, if you are installing service lines to addresses #35, 37, 38, and 51, individual location requests will need to be created for houses #35, 37, 38 and 51. Each address will receive a separate ticket number since the excavator will be “picking up shop” and moving from address to address.

However, if you install a main line that will “feed” those houses, the work can go on one location request. This difference is due to the work (i.e. ditching, trenching) continuously moving along the roadside in front of multiple properties. Keep in mind, though, these tickets will be held to the “block to block or 500-ft whichever is greater” standard.

Job specific exceptions and inclusions:(Click on a job type for more information)

The Extent of Excavation policy is designed to assist all those who are involved with the one call process. It helps establish a format; one that determines how much location can be allowed on one ticket. It also allows excavations on separate properties or ones that continue for miles down the road to become more finite, resulting in faster clearances and less wait time for excavators.

If you have any questions about this or any other policy, any of the Dig Safely New York customer service representatives will be happy to assist you.

*The utility pole policy was reviewed and amended per the Dig Safely New York Executive Committee effective May 14th, 2007. The changes were made with damage prevention in mind. Please note that no more than three consecutive poles will be allowed per location.

*The signs and test boring policies were reviewed and amended per the Dig Safely New York Executive Committee effective May 4th, 2011.