Licence - weighbridge operator

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To operate a public weighbridge, you need a certificate of competence issued by the Chief Inspector for Weights and Measures for your local authority.

How to apply

Please use this link to apply - public weighbridge operator's licence.


If you want to apply for a public weighbridge operator's certificate you will be tested by an Inspector of Weights and Measures to ensure that you can operate the equipment properly. This includes the use of any associated equipment such as printers or computers linked to the weighing machine. You will also need to show that you can record and calculate the results of any weighings properly.

What the law says

The relevant legislation is the Weights and Measures Act 1985.

Application process

There is no process laid down in law for these applications. Each application is assessed on its own merits. We will consider:

  • the location of the site
  • the suitability of the equipment that will be used
  • any service contracts that will be in place for the equipment
  • the history of the premise and individuals involved

How long will it take to process my application?

We aim to process your application within 28 days of receiving it. As it is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted please contact us if you have not heard from us within this period.

What can I do if my application is refused?

Please contact us first. You may also appeal to the National Measurement Office if your application is refused.

How can I complain about a weighbridge operator?

If you wish to complain that a trader is causing a nuisance such as noise, or if you believe that there has been a breach of licence conditions, please contact us.

If you are in the UK, you can also contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service who will give you advice. From outside the UK please contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

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