The Illinois Underground Utility Facilities Damage Prevention Act states in part;
Conditions may exist making it unreasonable to request that locations be marked within 48 hours or by the requested date and time indicated on the notice, whichever is later. It is unreasonable to request owners and operators of underground utility facilities to locate all of their facilities in an affected area upon short notice in advance of a large or extensive nonemergency project, or to request extensive locates in excess of a reasonable excavation or demolition work schedule, or to request locates under conditions where a repeat request is likely to be made because of the passage of time or adverse job conditions. (220 ILCS 50/10 par 2)
To assist excavators and facility locators in managing large or complicated projects, JULIE offers the Joint Meet process.
Joint Meet Request
A Joint Meet is a meeting to openly discuss a large or complicated project and to exchange information such as maps, plans or schedules*. It is not a locating session and shall be held at the dig site. JULIE shall not recognize a Joint Meet request as satisfactorily fulfilling the statutory requirements of the Illinois Underground Utility Facilities Damage Prevention Act and shall require excavators that request a Joint Meet to additionally call or submit online, after the Joint Meet, a valid locate request/s in order to receive field locates.
* Large non-emergency projects may require multiple locating sessions to mark all affected facilities.
To request a Joint Meet, the following information must be given to the call center agent or the request will be suspended:
- All counties, cities and/or townships where the work will be performed and
- Street names involved in the project OR the north, south, east and west boundaries of the project OR the section number(s) in which the work will be done.
A Joint Meet Request is valid for one city or township per county. Extensive projects may require multiple Joint Meet Requests.
Design Stage/Planning Information Request
Prior to beginning a large project, a design stage ticket may need to be submitted by the project designer/planner. Click here to learn more about design stage.