A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT REQUIRING UTILITY OWNERS TO LOCATE AND DESCRIBE UNDERGROUND UTILITIES UPON WRITTEN OR ORAL REQUEST FROM A PERSON WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DESIGNING OR SURVEYING UNDERGROUND FACILITIES OR REQUIRES A GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND LOCATION OF EXISTING UNDERGROUND FACILITIES IN AN AREA.
House committee substitute to the 4th edition makes the following changes. Amends the term surveyor in GS 87-101 to no longer include designer and adds that the surveyor must be retained by an engineer, architect, or property owner.
Amends GS 87-107.1 to remove references to a designer. Amends the time frame for the required notice to require that it be provided no less than 10 working days before starting the survey (was, no less than two nor more than 10 working days before starting). Amends (c) to require that at least one of the specified items be provided (was, the specified information has to be provided) to the surveyor by the utility owner. Requires that the utility owner be given at least 10 days before the proposed start of the survey to provide the required information. Amends the information that is to be provided to require at least one of the following: (1) location and description of all of the underground utilities within the area to be surveyed; (2) the best available description of the underground utilities in the area of the proposed survey; and (3) allowing the surveyor to inspect the drawing or other records for all underground utilities within the area to be surveyed at a location that is acceptable to both parties (deletes from the list location and description of all utility markers, temporary markings indicating the location of the underground utilities where permanent utility markers do not exist, and other information that would assist in locating the underground utilities). Adds that the requirements of (c) do not apply to a notice of intent to survey a single-family residence property given by an engineer or architect, but does apply to a notice given by a property owner or a surveyor who has been retained in connection with the development of the property.
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