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The DC Code: § 34-2705 Requirements of person responsible for excavation or demolition.

Index34 Public Utilities. (Refs & Annos)
In addition to the requirements of § 34-2704, each person responsible for an excavation or demolition operation shall:
Plan the excavation or demolition to avoid damage to or minimize interference with underground facilities in and near the construction area;
Maintain a clearance between an underground facility and the cutting edge or point of any mechanized equipment, taking into account the known limit of control of such cutting edge or point as may be reasonably necessary to avoid damage to such underground facility; and
Provide such support for underground facilities in and near the construction area, including support during backfilling operations, as may be reasonably necessary for the protection of such facilities.
If a facility is damaged, under no circumstances shall a contractor backfill an excavation without first receiving permission from the utility operator whose facility was damaged.
Nothing in this chapter shall excuse the failure to obtain a permit to excavate in public space in compliance with § 9-431.01.
Persons and operators excavating for routine maintenance, including patch-type paving, will not be required to comply with the notification and marking procedures of this chapter, if they excavate within the limits of the original excavation, and if the excavation does not exceed 12 inches in depth below the grade existing prior to said excavation.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 43-1705. Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 3-129, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 34-2701. DC CODE § 34-2705 Current through December 11, 2012


(Mar. 4, 1981, D.C. Law 3-129, § 6, 28 DCR 264.)