Weights and Measures (Metrology) 

We aim to protect consumers and assist Cheshire-based businesses by carrying out a variety of Weights and Measures (also known as Legal Metrology) activities.

Our Weights and Measures Inspectors (Trading Standards Officers) regularly check the measurement of goods for sale by weight or measure, and the accuracy of associated equipment being used for trade or retail within Cheshire East.

Weighing and measuring equipment in use for trade has to be approved and within defined tolerance limits. In most cases it will be more accurate than the equipment we use at home.

Goods that declare a quantity when pre-packed may be covered by average weight legislation which means there are permissible measurement variations across the whole produced batch.

If you feel you have a justified complaint in relation to Weights and Measures, Contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service via the Citizens Advice online complaint form or phone 0808 223 1133. They will forward your comments to us so that we can take the appropriate action.

Verification, testing and calibration services

We offer a variety of verification, testing and calibration services to businesses. Our equipment is traceable to national standards.

The current fee for an Inspector of Weights and Measures is £62.00/hour and there is a minimum charge of 1 hour. This will include the duration of visit, journey time and relevant administration. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Public weighbridges 

Public weighbridges are used to weigh vehicles and objects where a specific weight/load is important or to check that vehicles are not overloaded. They are operated by local businesses and are available for use by businesses or the general public. They are generally sited at premises such as quarries, feed mills and docks. A fee is often charged for each weighing carried out, which normally ranges from £5 to £10. The capacity is usually 50,000kg x 20kg.

  • Stuart Shentons - Birtles Mill Farm, Chelford Road, Henbury, Macclesfield, SK10 4RS
    Phone 01625 861315
    Monday to Friday 7.30am to 5pm, Saturday 8am to 12 midday
  • FCC Environment - Maw Green Landfill Site, Maw Green Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 5NG
    Phone 01270 587944
    Monday to Friday 8am to 5.15pm

You will require a certificate of competence issued by The Chief Inspector of Weights and Measures to operate a public weighbridge as an employee.

Further advice and guidance

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Page last reviewed: 21 August 2018