Flags have been placed in my yard. What does that mean?

The flags indicate someone has requested the location of underground utilities on or near your property. The request may have been made by the homeowner, a contractor for the homeowner, a utility company, or your local city or county government for upcoming repairs, installations, or maintenance.

Georgia State laws state that anyone planning to use mechanized equipment for excavation, tunneling, grading, boring, blasting, demolition or similar work should contact GA 811. However, for safety’s sake, we recommend you call 811 or visit the website https://www.georgia811.com/  to complete a request for any project in which you plan to break ground.

Underground utilities can be damaged while individuals are installing mailboxes, building fences or decks, or even planting trees. Remember, even if your project is small, it’s always best to call!

When the utility company representatives mark a location, they use colored flags and/or paint to identify the type of underground utility. Here is what the color codes indicate: