• Overview: the Dig Safe Law

    The purpose of the Dig Safe Law is to prevent damage to underground utilities. Dig Safe, Inc. ("Dig Safe") is a communication network that notifies utility companies about planned excavation projects. After an excavator notifies Dig Safe of a proposed project, member utility companies will physically go to the site of the planned excavation and mark the location of their underground facilities with paint or stakes.

    When you call Dig Safe, the Dig Safe operator collects pertinent information about your project. This information is incorporated in a one page document called a Dig Safe ticket. Each ticket has a Dig Safe number.

    The Department of Public Utilities has the authority to investigate, conduct hearings and issue statutory civil penalties for violations of the Dig Safe Law. If you excavate without calling Dig Safe, or violate any other provision of the Dig Safe Law, you may be fined by the Department of Public Utilities. Civil penalties under the Dig Safe Law are $1,000 for the first offense, and not less than $5,000, nor more than $10,000, for any subsequent offense within 12 consecutive months.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Dig Safe Law, M.G.L. c. 82, §§ 40, 40A-40E  pdf format of The Dig Safe Law

  • Department Dig Safe Regulations  pdf format of Department Dig Safe Regulations

  • Dig Safe Violation Report forms for submission to the DPU  pdf format of Dig Safe Violation Report