2024 National Safe Digging Month

2024 Changes to Oregon Dig Rules Proposed

The Oregon Utility Notification Center (OUNC) adopts rules that regulate the notification and marking of underground facilities to prevent damage to underground facilities. We want you to know about seven rule changes being proposed in 2024:
  1. Reducing ticket length from 45 days to 30 days. [amends OAR 952-001-0010 (23)]
  2. Adding hand digging, air cutting, vacuum excavation or hydro vacuum excavation to the definition of “non-invasive methods.” [amends OAR 952-001-0010]
  3. Defining “large area” as a project exceeding seven hundred fifty linear feet. [amends OAR 952-001-0010 (10)]
  4. Allowing for the use of electronic white lining. [amends OAR 952-001-0040]
  5. Working within a facility enclosure exempted from notification requirement. [amends OAR 952-001-0050 (2)]
  6. Clarifying design locate request process, delivery of drawings and maps owned by facility operators during planning. [amends OAR 952-001-0080]
  7. Specifying recruitment partners for OUNC board. [adds OAR 952-001-0002]

As a part of the rulemaking process, the OUNC will welcome written or in person testimony on these proposed rule changes. A public hearing will be announced soon. If you have questions or need additional information, contact us at info@digsafelyoregon.com.

OUNC 2022 Annual Report

2022 OUNC Annual Report