Weights and measures


Trading Standards inspect equipment used to weigh or measure goods sold by businesses.

Using accurate equipment protects both buyers and sellers from financial loss. Small losses on each transaction can soon mount up in busy periods.

Some companies prefer the reassurance of a more frequent regular check. We can arrange checks at a convenient time for your business.

Our Services

Trading Standards are able to provide inspection and verification services for:

  • Petrol Pumps.
  • Weighing Scales used in shops including
    • Post Offices,
    • industrial premises and factories,
    • coal merchants,
    • fishing scales used by angling clubs,
    • and airports
  • Weighbridges including private and public use and platform machines in factories
  • Optics and measuring thimbles in
    • restaurants,
    • public houses
    • and bars
  • Length measures used for
    • carpets,
    • fabrics,
    • curtains,
    • horses etc.
  • Scales used for foods which are sold pre-packed as well as loose. This includes self-service tills in supermarkets

How do we help?

Trading Standards regularly:

  • check goods sold for the accuracy of any quantity markings
  • tell businesses about relevant legislation
  • advise on the suitability of systems and equipment they are using to achieve compliance.

Other considerations

Accurate equipment alone is no guarantee in an unsuitable system.

If you need legal or technical help to get the best from your process, we may be the people to ask.

If your business weighs items for the public the person doing the weighing needs a certificate from the Council. For example, vehicles brought to a weighbridge.

You can apply for a weighbridge operator's licence by contacting the Trading Standards team.

Book an inspection

For further information, pricing or to book an inspection please contact the Trading standards team. Contact details may be found at the bottom of this page.

Weights and measurement self-service information

Looking for more information on the laws for selling goods by weight or measure? Please read the weights and measures guide from Business Companion.

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