YES, in virtually every case! Whether you are a homeowner, contractor, excavator or farmer — anyone who performs any excavation must request a “locate”, commonly called a locate “ticket”. If you are digging in the ground (other than very shallow hand digging, such as less than 4 inches) you are required to have the dig area marked indicating the location of underground utilities.Montana Law states “…an excavator may not make or begin an excavation without first obtaining information concerning possible location of an underground facility from each public utility, municipal corporation, underground facility owner, or other person having the right to bury underground facilities that is a member of a one-call notification center…” Montana Code Annotated 2013, 69-4-502.
Montana Law further states “…before beginning an excavation, the excavator shall notify, through a one-call notification center, all owners of underground facilities in the area of the proposed excavation.” Montana Code Annotated 2013, 69-4-503.
The easiest way to begin the process is to dial 811; this will take you to the appropriate One Call Center to place your locate request.