About Kentucky 811

Kentucky 811 is a non-profit corporation made up of member underground facility operators in Kentucky that is designed to reduce the number of damages to buried utilities and promote safe digging across the state. This free service helps prevent damage incidents, which can result in millions of dollars in property damage, utility service interruption, personal injuries, and even loss of life.

Kentucky’s “Call Before You Dig” law requires everyone who digs to contact Kentucky 811 at least two full business days before breaking ground. Upon receipt of a locate request, Kentucky 811 notifies our member utilities or their contract locators to request that they mark their buried utility lines in the area of the dig site.

Our Story

Digging near buried utilities can lead to expensive and dangerous results. Before Kentucky 811 was formed in 1987, the process for requesting that the approximate location of buried utilities be marked with flags or paint was cumbersome and involved calling multiple facility owners and operators directly. To address this issue, the owners and operators of utilities in Kentucky founded the state’s one call center in 1987 under the name of Kentucky Underground Protection, Inc.

Since then, the one call center has taken on a new name – Kentucky 811. The one call center currently operates with hundreds of member utilities, and Kentucky 811 is comprised of industry leaders who specialize in damage prevention. If you are a facility owner or operator operating in Kentucky and are not yet a member of Kentucky 811, we invite you to join today.