About PW Dig Permit:

  • Digging permits are issued by the Directorate of Public Works to prevent damage to underground utilities and protection of cultural resources. Per Joint Base Lewis-McChord Reg. 200-1, a digging permit is required for all digging on base.

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    Locator's Responsibility

    The Utilities Underground Location Center and other utility owners are responsible for the initial color markings of all underground utilities located within the requestor's white proposed dig site. Markings will show the proper national standard colors. 

         National Utility Standards markings:

  •      White - proposed excavation
  •      Pink - temporary survey markings
  •      Red - electric power lines, cables, conduit and lighting cables
  •      Yellow - gas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials
  •      Orange - communication, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit
  •      Blue - potable water
  •      Purple - reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines
  •      Green - sewers and drain lines  

            Requestor's responsibility:

            Dig requestor is responsible for marking proposed dig site with white paint and will thereafter be responsible for                  maintaining all marked color lines in accordance with national standards as they were laid down by the UULC and                other utility owners for life of the dig permit.

           Non maintenance of marked color lines will result in the need for a new dig permit request.

          General Contractors and All Subcontractors

          To avoid multiple locates and wait times for a single project, we recommend that you package your digging                              sessions to occur on the same date and time. Each general contractor and each subcontractor must have a digging              permit for each site. 


          Range Control


            Dig Permit does not:

  • Acquiring a digging permit does not constitute an agreement with Range Control for scheduling or obtaining clearance to enter the site or location.

          Family Housing Occupants


          For fence and satellite dig permits, residents can:

  • Residents can attain the permit process by contacting their Housing Office at 253-912-3500 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

  • As a service to our customers, PW will conduct all internal coordination and review of the dig project on behalf of the customer.


    Beginning the Process


    Service members and contractors should: