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Weights and measures

Businesses selling goods by weight or other measures like volume or length must comply with rules designed to help consumers understand how much they’re buying and what their entitlements are.

International standards for weights and measuring equipment make sure that quantity measurements are consistent nationwide. This means that businesses can compete fairly and consumers are protected from short and inaccurate measures.

It is our job to ensure that businesses comply with these rules. We do this by:

  • routinely visiting businesses to check weighing and measuring equipment for accuracy
  • checking pre-packed products at the point of production and in shops
  • investigating complaints of short measure
  • providing a calibration service for weights up to 20kg, measures up to 20 litres and measures of length in our laboratory

we are able to offer advice to local businesses on weights and measures legislation. Please contact us if you are unable to find an answer to your query.

For consumer complaints, please contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 223 1133.

We have a list of trading standards fees.

Public weighbridges

Anyone carrying out public weighing (usually on a weighbridge) for which a charge is made needs to hold a certificate of competence. A certificate is issued by the Chief Inspector of Weights and Measures after a short test on the person by a weights and measures inspector.

The following weighbridges are currently believed to be available for use by the general public. A charge may be payable. It would be advisable to check opening times before visiting any of these sites.

Company Address Telephone
CPL Distribution Ltd Station Yard, Acton Turville 01454 218483
Hansen Aggregates Southfield Quarry, Wickwar Road, Chipping Sodbury​ 01454 314400​
Refuse Transfer Station​ Collett Way, Great Western Business Park, Yate​ 01454 315508​
Refuse Transfer Station​ Carsons Road, Mangotsfield ​ 0117 956 2086​


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