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State law requires the person actually doing the digging to call JULIE with the following information at least two working days (excluding weekends and holidays) before the start of the project.

Locate requests received after 4 p.m. are processed as if received at 8 a.m. the next business day. If you want to start your project on a weekend, remember to contact JULIE by 4 p.m. Wednesday. For additional information, download a copy of our Homeowner's Guide.

Checklist for a Locate Request

  • Your name, address, a phone number at which you can be reached, an email address and a fax and/or pager number, if available
  • The location of the excavation will take place, including county, city or unincorporated township, section and quarter section numbers if available, address, cross street (within 1/4 mile), subdivision name, etc.
  • Start date and time of planned excavation
  • Type and extent of excavation involved
  • Whether the dig area has been outlined with white paint, flags or stakes

You will be provided with a dig number that identifies specific information about your locate request.

JULIE system reference number

A or X



Julian calendar date Daily request sequence number
It is important that you retain this number as proof of your contact with JULIE. You will need to refer to your dig number if it becomes necessary for you to call JULIE for a second request, refresh or remark at your excavation site.