To operate a public weighbridge, you must have a certificate of competence issued by the Chief Inspector for Weights and Measures for your local authority.
You must have sufficient knowledge for the proper performance of your duties.
Application evaluation process
Following your application you will be contacted within 5 working days to arrange a mutually convenient date for you to be tested by an Inspector of Weights and Measures at the premises where the weighing or measuring equipment is located.
Will tacit consent apply?
No. It is a legal requirement that the authority must process your application and you must be tested before a certificate can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online here if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.
Apply online or download, complete the form and post to the address below:
Regulatory Services (Commercial)
Southampton City Council
One Guildhall Square
023 8083 3002
023 8083 2656
Failed application redress
Please contact us in the first instance.
You may appeal to the National Measurement Office if your application is refused.
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,
Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
National Measurement Office (NMO)