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Weighbridge operators certificate

Licence summary

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


You can apply for a public weighbridge operator's certificate on the Gov.UK website.

General enquiries

Eligibility criteria

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

Regulation summary

Application evaluation process

Once your application is received an Officer will contact you to make an appointment to visit you.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. Your certificate will only be issued when you have satisfied an Inspector of Weights and Measures that you are competent to use public weighing or measuring equipment.

Target completion

You can expect to be contacted by us within 14 days of receipt of your application. We would normally expect to let you know our decision on your application within six weeks of receipt.

Failed application redress

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

Licence holder redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, further information about making a complaint can be found on our information for consumers page.

Further information

Further information about regulation delivery can be found on the GOV.UK website.