Weighbridge operator license

Weighbridge operator license


To operate a public weighbridge you must apply for a certificate of competence which is issued by the Chief Inspector for Weights and Measures for your local authority.

Eligibility criteria

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

Regulation summary

Weights and Measures Act 1985

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the Council must process your application before it can be granted and a Public Weighbridge operator may not operate until they have been issued with a certificate. If you have not heard from the Council within a reasonable period, please contact us.

The target completion period for applications is 60 days.

Apply online

Please note there are no fees payable.

Application for a public weighbridge operators certificate (via gov.uk)

Apply by email

Please email trading.standards@bristol.gov.uk if you do not wish to apply through the online application process. There are no fees applicable.

Failed application 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 a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, the Citizens Advice consumer service will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

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