Chapter 271 Overview
Arkansas Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Act
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The Arkansas Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Act covers the laws pertaining
to excavating in Arkansas. Below are the topics that are asked about most frequently.
White Striping - 14-271-111 (b)
Unless otherwise agreed by all affected operators, persons engaged in excavation
or demolition shall mark the proposed area of work with stakes, flags, posts, or
painted or chalked lines that are white in color and are clearly visible.
What is an Emergency? - 14-271-109 (b)
(1) Compliance with notice requirements of §14-271-112 is not required
of persons responsible for repair or restoration of service, or to ameliorate an
imminent danger to life, health, property, or public safety.
(2) However, those persons shall give, as soon as practicable,
oral notice of the emergency excavation or demolition to either the One Call Center
or to each operator having underground facilities located in the area where the
excavation or demolition is to be performed and request emergency assistance from
each operator so identified in locating and providing immediate protection to its
underground facilities. However, if such notice is given to an operator of an underground
pipeline facility, the person giving the notification shall also notify the One
Call Center as soon as is reasonably possible.
(3) An imminent danger to life, health, property or public safety
exists whenever there is a substantial likelihood that loss of life, health, or
property will result before the procedures under and §14-271-112 can be fully complied
What's a Tolerance/Safety Zone - 14-271-102 (1)
Approximate location of underground facilities means a strip of land at least three
feet (3"0 wide but not wider than the width of the facility plus one and one-half
feet (1 1/2') on either side of the facility
What's a Valid Ticket - 14-271-112
(a) Except as provided in §14-271-109, no person may engage in
excavation or demolition activities without having first notified the One Call Center
in accordance with the provisions listed in this section.
(b)(1) Each person responsible for any excavation or demolition
operation shall serve written or telephonic notice of intent to excavate or demolish
at least two (2), but not more than ten (10), full working days before commencing
(2) The notice of intent shall be delivered to the One Call Center.
(3)(A) The notice given by this section shall be effective for
a period of twenty (20) working days from the date that the notice was given.
(B) If the work to be performed is not completed within this period,
or if the locations markings have been removed or are no longer visible, the person
engaging in the demolition or excavation activity shall re-initiate the notice procedure
set forth in this section.
(c) The written or telephonic notice of intent required by subsection
(b) of this section shall contain the name of the person notifying the operator
or the One Call Center, the name, address, and telephone number of the person responsible
for the excavation or demolition to be conducted, the starting date, anticipated
duration and type of excavation or demolition operation to be conducted, the specific
location of the proposed excavation or demolition, and whether or not explosives
are anticipated to be used.