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 Arizona 811 website.