Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about the new law, scroll below to see FAQs by category.
All Tier 2 members who convert to Tier 1 will not be charged outgoing transmission fees until January 1, 2021.
All Tier 2 Members who convert to Tier 1 will not be charged outgoing transmission fees until January 1st of 2021.
No, only laterals in the public right-of-way need to be registered.
Yes, a Tier 2 can convert to Tier-1 before Jan. 1, 2019. Colorado 811 has agreed to the conversion at no charge to allow an appropriate amount of time to accommodate all Tier 2 members.
The conversions are mandatory effective Jan. 1, 2019. Colorado 811 has agreed to the conversion at no charge to allow an appropriate amount of time to accommodate all Tier-2 members.
Yes, there will be a Tier 2 Board of Director until December 31, 2020.
Home rule cities by the Colorado constitution are cities that have the full right of self-government in local and municipal matters. The larger home rule cities include Denver, Aurora, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Grand Junction. Home Rule cities can create their own safety commissions and can enforce the one-call law and imposed penalties for failure to comply with the law.
Yes. Colorado 811 will annually provide a report as well as real time data for the Safety Commission’s work related to underground excavations and safety.
Any person can provide feedback to the Safety Commission.
Yes, the Colorado Safety Commission will have the responsibility to enforce the provisions of the law related to safe practices. The Safety Commission can impose penalties for failure to comply with the law. Home Rule cities may create a safety commission which also have the power to impose penalties for failure to comply with the law. Facility owners and operators and excavators may bring civil actions for damage claims separate from the actions of the Safety Commission.
Only Home Rule cities are exempt from complying with the Safety Commission requirements but they must create their own safety commissions.
Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE)
The cost or fee for the outgoing transmission will remain the same for all members. The costs associated with an engineering locate request will be paid by the project owner.
ASCE Standards provide technical guidelines for promoting safety, reliability, productivity, and efficiency in civil engineering. For more information please visit https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/programadmin/asce.cfm
Within 10 days of the notice provided, licensed professional engineers will receive documentation directly from the facility owner/operator.
Yes, there are several modifications in the new law regarding exemptions they include: farmers/ranchers and new requirements for governmental agencies relative to road grading. Please note, there is no exemption for gravity fed systems. Although, these exemptions exist it is extremely dangerous to dig without first notifying Colorado 811 for the location of underground facilities.
Gravity fed systems are now defined to clarify what information has to be provided in the event there is a request for a locate related to sub-surface utility engineering. The law defining this exemption is located at section 9-1.5-102 (3.4).
Yes, there are new requirements regarding road grading. The Procedures Committee of Colorado 811 is currently devising specific procedures and guidelines that will be available within the next couple of months. (From law: ANNUAL ROAD MAINTENANCE THAT DOES NOT EXCEED SIX INCHES IN DEPTH CONDUCTED BY A GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY ON AN EXISTING UNPAVED ROAD, THE MARKING SHALL BE CONSIDERED VALID FOR UP TO ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS.)
All underground facility owner/operators are responsible for the location of service laterals in the public right-of-way.
It is Colorado 811’s intent to provide the excavator this information through the Positive Response system.
Yes, an excavator requiring existing marked underground facilities to be exposed may list a single secondary excavator on its notice to Colorado 811.
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