WHAT IS beforeUdig?

beforeUdig is a FREE online service which enables anyone undertaking design and excavation works to obtain information on the location of cables, pipes and other utility assets in and around any proposed dig site, helping to protect themselves and critical utility assets during these works.

In most cases it provides a ‘one stop shop’ for contractors to communicate about their planned activities with utilities and asset owners.


To assist Contractors to comply with the requirement for any person intending to dig to inform Essential Infrastructure Owners such as gas and power, and obtain asset location plans and/or locates, prior to the commencement of design or excavation works.

  • Simplify the process of requesting plans for a dig site
  • Prevent injuries to workers
  • Protect utility assets from interruption and preventable damage
  • Protect the community from the consequences of utility infrastructure failure
  • Provide a single point of request for information on where utility assets are located
WHO SHOULD USE beforeUdig?

Whether you are a home owner wanting to replace a fence, a contractor installing a new cable along a street or working for a council in resurfacing the road, beforeUdig is the best and safest place to start your project.

  • Building or designing a new optic fibre network?
  • Road restoration works?
  • Responding to emergency works such as broken water mains?
  • Undertaking scheduled maintenance of an existing underground asset?
  • Building a new fence?
  • Installing a swimming pool or car port?
  • Planning a new subdivision?

Note: While it is free to use the beforeUdig service to gather information on the possible presence of utility assets in and around your proposed excavation site, some utilities and local government organisations may charge to request plans and locate services. Please check with the relevant asset owners listed on your confirmation sheet if you require more information about these possible charges.

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