ACE tickets are ONLY available to farmers and flood control facilities where the excavation is part of “normal business activities.” A flood control facility is defined in Title 19 of the California Code of Regulations as “an engineered basin operated by a state or local agency, used for the temporary slowing and storing of storm water runoff and for which regular removal of debris is required."
For areas of continual excavation that include or are within 10 feet of a high priority subsurface installation, an onsite meeting between a representative of the excavator and the operator of the high priority subsurface installation is required, and must be facilitated by using an Area of Continual Excavation Agreement (form below).
An onsite meeting must take place at a mutually agreed upon date and time on the property where the high priority subsurface installation is present. Representatives must be authorized to enter into an agreement and be prepared with all the relevant information of their respective operations.
If there are contrary understandings of the exact location of the high priority subsurface installation, the operator must demonstrate a conflict with the area of continual excavation by providing documentation of the exact location of the facility or by exposing the facility with hand tools or vacuum excavation at a mutually agreed upon date and time.
If the ACE does not contain a high priority subsurface installation (or is more than 10 feet away from a high priority line), then the operator or excavator has the option to request an onsite meeting using the Area of Continual Excavation Optional Agreement (form below).