Hot dig / Safety watcher excavation

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Only certified contractors with trained and qualified operators can apply for this permit. Read more about our hydro-vac/air-vac safety watch training certification and registration (PDF, 75 KB).

Facilities electric and natural gas locates must be completed prior to request and be present on site. This permit application is for:

  • water/air excavations;
  • safety watcher (for qualified contractor only).

Incomplete applications will delay the approval process.

Step 1

Online application

Gather all required information and supporting documents before you start the online application.

You must have all of the following:

Step 2


We may visit your work site on the excavation date. You must have the following documents on-site:

  • approved excavation permit;
  • Facilities Locate form;
  • job plan (include Manitoba Hydro contact name and the time your safety hold off was issued).

Your certified hot dig operator/safety watcher must have their valid certification card and personal identification with them on-site.

If the excavation does not take place on the permit date, contact the Operating Authority to arrange an updated permit.

Apply for excavation permit

After you apply

Once you have submitted a complete application, we will assign someone to your project. They will contact you for any missing information, discuss project scope, excavation dates, complete the necessary agreements, and arrange on-site meetings.