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Call 811 before you or someone you hire starts digging — for a landscape project, building project or any other. South Carolina law requires that you call at least three full working days (not including the day of the call) prior to beginning excavation.

After you have called 811, SCE&G will send a representative to mark the location of utility lines so you or your contractor can avoid them. Line marking is free, and once completed, good for 15 working days.

Read the complete text of this law.

Failure to notify 811 prior to beginning excavation can endanger life, limb and property, and can result in fines of up to $1,000. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for violations resulting from the work of contractors you hire.

All damages, regardless of size, must be reported to SCE&G so representatives can inspect for safety and future reliability. If damage endangers life, health or property, immediately notify SCE&G and the police or fire department. Take appropriate actions to minimize hazards until SCE&G and the police or fire departments arrive.


Call before installing:

  • Septic tanks and sewer lines
  • Swimming pools
  • Wells
  • Sprinklers and water lines
  • Basketball goal posts or mailbox posts
  • Fences and deck posts
  • Trees and shrubs

If you need to reach SCE&G for any reason, call us toll-free at 1-800-251-7234.