LOUISIANA ONE CALL
The “Louisiana Underground Utilities and Facilities Damage Prevention Law” was originally passed in 1988 and amended as recently as 1997. Each incorporated municipality or parish government which owns or operates (in its own right or through a special district or districts created pursuant to constitutional or statutory authority) a drainage system, a sewer system, an electrical energy system and/or a gas system underground facility within its local jurisdiction which would otherwise be included in R. S. 40:1749.14, AND WHICH DOES NOT DESIRE TO BE SO INCLUDED, shall adopt an ordinance indicating this desire. The ordinance shall be filed with the secretary of state for verification purposes.
Louisiana One Call is a free service that allows excavators to notify many operators of underground utilities with a single toll-free call.
Before work begins, members use color-coded paint and flags to mark their cables, pipelines and similar systems so that excavators can avoid them. This reduces the possibility of damage, helps eliminate construction delays and contributes to public safety. Member utilities pay for the service, which is free to contractors and the public.
State law requires excavators and demolition crews to call before they can begin work. Although the law also requires most operators of underground facilities to belong to LA One Call, it does allow some governmental entities to opt out.
Excavators may wish to contact non-members directly about planned excavation work. Click HERE to view a list of the governmental entities who have opted out of the Louisiana One Call program.
Click HERE to view a list of Louisiana One Call members and their emergency numbers.
Click HERE to view Louisiana One Call's guide to the state's "dig law."
For more information about the law's opt-out requirements, contact the Secretary of State's Office at 225.922.0900.
Call Before you Dig
Dial 811 for Louisiana One Call
Or phone 800.272.3020