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Miss Utility Maryland Law Change Effective October 1, 2010. 10-Minute Overview. Miss Utility Basics. One-call notification center for excavation in Maryland and Washington, D.C. ITIC: www.missutility.net/itic 1-800-257-7777 811

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Miss utility basics
Miss Utility Basics

  • One-call notification center for excavation in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

    • ITIC: www.missutility.net/itic

    • 1-800-257-7777

    • 811

  • Miss Utility notifies its member owners, which then mark the approximate location of their underground facilities with paint and/or flags.


Law change overview
Law Change Overview

  • Culmination of a four-year, stakeholder-led process.

  • Steering committee’s goal was to update the law and bring it into compliance with mandates set by the 2006 federal PIPES Act.

  • Signed into law on May 20 by Gov. O’Malley.


Major changes
Major Changes

  • Notification period

  • Ticket life

  • Designer ticket

  • Consistent “no mechanized equipment” zone

  • Maryland DOT joins Miss Utility

  • Establishment of Damage Prevention Authority











Designer ticket
Designer Ticket

  • Allows the following types of professionals to determine approximate location of underground lines during design stage of a project:

    • Licensed architects.

    • Professional engineers.

    • Professional land surveyors.

    • Landscape architects.

  • Member utility owners will have 15 full business days to respond to designer tickets.



No mechanized equipment zone
No Mechanized Equipment Zone

  • 18 inches from all directions of the marks throughout the state, including Montgomery County, for all excavations and demolitions.


New member maryland dot
New Member – Maryland DOT

  • Maryland Department of Transportation is now a Miss Utility member.

  • The following departments must join:

    • SHA- State Highway Administration

    • MDTA- Maryland Transportation Authority

    • MAA- Maryland Aviation Administration

    • MPA- Maryland Port Administration

    • MVA- Motor Vehicle Administration

    • MTA- Maryland Transit Administration


New member maryland dot1
New Member- Maryland DOT

  • Miss Utility is required to ask the following questions before an excavation or demolition:

    • Are you digging on State property or within 15ft of a State road?

    • Which agency or department controls the property or right-of-way? This will only be asked if you answer “yes” to question #1

    • What is your permit or authorization number? This will only be asked if you answer “yes” to question #1


Maryland underground facilities damage prevention authority
Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Authority

  • Authorized as part of new law but still in the process of forming.

  • Will be a stakeholder-run organization that will enforce the Miss Utility law.

  • All authority members must be approved by the Governor.


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Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Authority

  • Authority make up:

    • 1 – Associated Utility Contractors of Maryland

    • 1 – Public Works Contractors Association of Maryland

    • 1 – One-Call Center

    • 1 – Locator Industry

    • 1 – Maryland Association of Counties

    • 1 – Maryland Municipal League

    • 2 – Maryland members of the MD/DC Subscribers Committee

    • 1 – Member of the general public

      ** All will serve staggered two-year terms


Maryland underground facilities damage prevention authority2
Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Authority

  • Authority’s role:

    • Specifics TBD once it is formed.

    • Will likely include:

      • Ability to require mandatory training for law violators.

      • Ability to levy fines for law violators.


2010 conference
2010 Conference

  • Oct. 20-22 at the Clarion in Ocean City, Md.

  • Seven educational training sessions, including an in-depth session about law change.

  • www.missutility.net/gcdptc



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