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Weights and measures

If you deal with weights and measures in your business, we can advise you on how to comply with weights and measures law in relation to selling goods by weight, volume or capacity and the use of weighing and measuring equipment.

Further advice for retailers

If you are a retailer, you can find out more about weights and measures and other trading standards issues on the Business Companion website. The site provides impartial free information, is maintained by the Trading Standards Institute and backed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The content is written and verified by expert contributors, but is not designed to be a replacement for professional advice and is intended only for guidance.

Visit the Business Companion website for weights and measures information (opens in a new window)

Testing weighing and measuring equipment

We also offer a verification service for weighing and measuring equipment which is required by law to be tested and passed before it can be used. We can verify -

  • non-automatic weighing machines
  • automatic weighing machines
  • liquid fuel measuring instruments

If you are unsure how to comply with weights and measures law in your business or want us to test your weighing or measuring equipment, contact us for guidance using the online form below. Alternatively call us on 01482 300 300 or email

It is better to talk to us before you spend money on weighing or measuring equipment products, labelling, offers, promotions and marketing.

The Humber Authorities Calibration Test Centre

The centre has the facility to test weights, volume measures and pipettes, thermometers, torque wrenches, length measures and, pressure gauges.

It operates a 46 tonne Weighbridge Test Unit which operates throughout the country and is available for hire. You can also hire test weights from them.

The Centre is operated on a partnership basis by the Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire County Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and North Lincolnshire Council.

Visit the Humber authorities’ calibration test centre website for more information on their testing and hire services (link opens in a new window)

Inspections and investigations

As part of an inspection we may test weighing and measuring equipment. This can include testing petrol pumps, shop scales and pub measures. We also investigate complaints alleging the short weight or measure of produce.

Find out more about trading standards inspections and other visits

Contact us

Trading Standards Advice
33 Witham

Tel: public enquiries - 01482 300 300 or business enquiries - 01482 300 301
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 615 572

We are open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, and Friday 9am to 4.30pm. Please note the trading standards office is not open to the public. If you have an enquiry please make this to trading standards by telephone, text phone, email or post.

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