ENFORCEMENT

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Pennsylvania Act 287 of 1974 as amended by Act 50 of 2017, 73 P. S. § 176 et. seq., 
contains provisions for each stakeholder regarding the reporting of alleged violations. The report should be submitted to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission through the One Call System pursuant to the time frame set forth in Act 50 of 2017. 

Excavators, designers, project owners, and facility owners shall submit an alleged violation report to the commission through the One Call System for instances when a person by action or intention fails to fulfill the obligation of this act. The report of alleged violation shall be in a form and manner as required by the commission.

  • Facility Owner - Submit a report of alleged violation not more than thirty business days after receipt of notice that the facility owner's lines have been damaged by excavation or demolition work or if the facility owner believes a violation of the act has been committed in association with excavation or demolition work. No report may be required where the cost to repair the damage to the facility owner's lines is less than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), unless the same person damaged the facility owner's lines two or more times within a six-month period.
  • Designer - Submit a report of alleged violation not more than thirty business days from the time the designer becomes aware that a violation of this act may have been committed in association with excavation or demolition work.
  • Excavator - Submit a report of an alleged violation not more than ten business days after striking or damaging a facility owner's line during excavation or demolition or if the excavator believes a violation of this act has been committed in association with excavation or demolition work. 
  • Project Owner - Submit a report of alleged violation not more than ten business days after striking or damaging a facility owner's line during excavation or demolition work activities, after a project owner's contracted excavator strikes or damages a facility owner's line during excavation or demolition activities or if the project owner believes a violation of this act has been committed in association with excavation or demolition.

For more details please review Pennsylvania Act 287 of 1974 as amended by Act 50 of 2017 

You must have a POCS web account and be Signed in to Report an Alleged Violation (AVR).

Report an Alleged Violation

Alleged Violation Report (AVR) Guidelines


What is an Alleged Violation?
  • “Alleged violation” means an instance when a person by action or inaction fails to fulfill the obligations of this act.”

How do I get started?
  1. Learn about the Underground Utility Line Protection Law (PA Act 287, as amended) law and how it is enforced.
  2. Submitting an Alleged Violation Report (AVR) is done electronically. Check for a supported browser.
  3. Sign in to the Pennsylvania 811 website – if you don’t have an account, please click the “Create an Account” link here.
  4. The AVR form can be accessed above.
  5. Use the law and the hints to help you complete the form, upload attachments, and submit for AVR.

What else should you know about Alleged Violation reporting?
  • The enforcement of the Law is now under the PA Public Utility Commission (PUC).
  • AVR information will be saved and provided to the PUC for review.
  • Excavators and Project Owners have 10 business days to file after the discovery of an alleged violation.
  • Facility Owners and Designers have 30 business days to file after the discovery of an alleged violation.

What happens to the reports?
  • AVR information will be recorded and provided to the PUC, who will:
    • Investigate AVRs under their enforcement authority in the act;
    • Meet and review alleged violations with a Damage Prevention Committee, whose members are appointed by the PUC with industry representatives; and
    • Communicate warnings or other actions, and/or penalties under this act and the PUC orders and regulations.
  • Damage or near-miss reports will be provided to the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) for U.S. damage data summary and analysis published in the Annual DIRT Report.
  • AVR data may also be provided to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Association (PEMA).

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