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Certificate to Operate a Public Weighbridge

Anyone who operates a weighbridge that is used by the public and for which a fee is charged must hold a certificate signed by the Chief Inspector of Weights and Measures to show that they have sufficient knowledge for the proper performance of their duties.

The Trading Standards Service is responsible for examining any candidates and issuing certificates under Section 18 of the Weights & Measures Act 1985.

Eligibility Criteria

You must have sufficient knowledge for the proper performance of your duties.

Regulation Summary

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.

Apply online

You will soon be able to apply for this service using the ELMS portal system supplied by the UK Government's Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Failed Application Redress

Please contact Trading Standards in the first instance.

You may appeal to the National Measurement Office if your application is refused.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Trade Associations

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