State law requires utilities to be marked before signs go up. If you're running for office, supporting a political candidate or working against a ballot measure, you must "know what's below" before campaign signs go up. Arizona law requires all underground utilities to be located and marked before any type of "excavation" – this includes the installation of campaign signs on public or private property. Contact Arizona 811 (formerly Arizona Blue Stake) at least two working days before installing signs in the ground:
Call 811 from anywhere in Arizona between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (excluding state holidays).
Visit the Arizona 811 website to create a ticket online 24/7/365 using the Arizona 811 E-Stake tool.
For installations at a single address (such as a home or business on a single lot) use the Single Address Ticket option on the Arizona 811 website.
Installing any type of sign without having utilities marked in advance is a violation of A.R.S. 40-360.21-32, punishable by fines of up to $5,000 per violation. It's also dangerous. Knowing the location of buried lines, pipes and cables – and then carefully working around them – prevents serious injuries and protects the utilities we all rely on from damage.
Read the Arizona 811 Excavation Guide and state law here and learn more at the Arizona 811 website.