2019 Code of Alabama
Title 37 - Public Utilities and Public Transportation.
Chapter 15 - Notification of Excavation or Demolition Operations.
Section 37-15-4 - Notice of intent to excavate or demolish.

Universal Citation: AL Code § 37-15-4 (2019)
Section 37-15-4Notice of intent to excavate or demolish.

(a) A permit issued pursuant to law authorizing excavation or demolition operations shall not be deemed to relieve a person from the responsibility for complying with the provisions of this chapter. Any public agency issuing such permit shall notify the person receiving the permit of the notification requirements of this chapter; however, failure to provide such notification shall not make the State Department of Transportation subject to the penalties provided for in Section 37-15-10.

(b) Before commencing any excavation or demolition operation prohibited by Section 37-15-3, each person responsible for such excavation or demolition shall give written, telephonic, or electronic notice of such intent to excavate or demolish to the underground facility operator or a "One-Call Notification System" acting on behalf of the operator at least two but not more than 10 working days prior to the start of the proposed excavation and at least two working days but not more than 30 calendar days prior to the start of demolition or any blasting operations for either excavation or demolition. Written notice shall be by registered mail, return receipt requested, and shall be valid only upon receipt of the written information required by this chapter by the operator or by a "One-Call Notification System" acting on behalf of the operator.

(c) The notice required by subsection (b) of this section must contain the name, address, and telephone number of the person responsible for the excavation or the demolition and the person giving notice, the proposed starting date and time, the type of excavation or demolition operation to be conducted, the location of the proposed excavation or demolition with sufficient details to enable the operator to locate same with reasonable certainty, and whether or not explosives are to be used. In the event the location requirements of this subsection cannot be met, the excavator shall mark the route or boundaries of the site of proposed excavation or demolition by means of white as the identifying color on stakes, flags, paint, buoys, or clearly identifiable materials placed on the surface of the ground or water.

(d) Notification to an operator or to a "One-Call Notification System" acting on behalf of the operator of an intent to excavate shall be valid for a period of 10 working days from the proposed starting date given for excavation and the notice to demolish shall be valid for a period of 20 working days from the starting date given. Each person responsible for excavation or demolition shall renew with the underground facility operator or a "One-Call Notification System" acting on behalf of the operator each notice of intent to excavate or demolish at least two working days prior to the expiration date of the notice if the excavation or demolition has not been completed.

(e) When engaged in an extensive and contiguous construction, demolition, or excavation activity, working agreements may be established to accomplish the intent and purpose of this chapter between operators, public agencies, and contractors after initial compliance with the notification provisions of this chapter.

(f) Compliance with the notice requirements of this section is not required of persons plowing less than 12 inches in depth for agricultural purposes.

(g) Compliance with the notice requirements of this section is not required by persons or operators excavating on their own property or easement when no other persons or operators have underground facilities on the property or easement.

(h) Except for those persons submitting design or survey locate requests, no person, including an operator, shall request markings of a site through the "One-Call Notification System" or an in-house program that meets the operational requirements as described in subsection (a) of Section 37-15-5, unless excavation is scheduled to commence. In addition, no person shall make repeated requests for remarking, unless the repeated request is required for excavating to continue or due to circumstances not reasonably within the control of the person.

(Acts 1994, No. 94-487, p. 911, §4; Acts 1996, No. 96-666, p. 1127, §1; Act 2014-220, p. 691, §1.)
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