Florida law requires utility owners to mark only the lines that they own and maintain. But, almost every job site includes some type of privately-owned underground utility. These utilities are not listed in our database so you'll need to use a private utility locating service. Note: We will be adding a list of private utility locators in the near future.
What are private utilities?
Private underground utilities can be located anywhere including private property and rights-of-way. They typically are underground lines that extend beyond the meter or lines not connected to a meter that serve other areas on a property.
Examples of Residential Private Utilities
- Electricity to sheds, garages, barns or electric fences
- Invisible dog fences, data cables, landscape lighting
- Water, septic or irrigation systems
- Propane or natural gas run to grills and pool heaters
- These can be located in apartment complexes, mobile home parks, gated subdivisions
Examples of Private Utilities on commercial property
- Parking lot lighting
- Fire mains
- Building to building utilities
- These can be located in schools and universities, hospital complexes, industrial areas, government facilities and military installation
Before you dig, inspect the property carefully for private underground lines. Consider hiring a private locator to mark private lines that could be in conflict with the excavation project.