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Public weighbridge operator's certificate

What does the law require?

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

What do I need to consider?

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

How will you deal with my application?

We will liaise with the Trading Standards service. A Trading Standards Officer will arrange to meet you to discuss your application. The officer will need to check whether you have sufficient knowledge for the proper performance of your duties and you will be required to pass an examination.

When will a decision be made?

We aim to make a decision on your application within 60 calendar days. This assumes that your application is not contentious. Your application will take longer to process if it becomes contentious (for example, if we receive objections or representations) and if that is the case
we will keep you informed of the revised timescale.

What happens if you don't make a decision within the target time?

'Tacit authorisation' does not apply because there is an overriding reason relating to the public interest,namely the need to ensure the fairness of trade transactions. Therefore if you have still not received a decision after the target time has expired, your authorisation is not granted automatically. In such a situation, we will get in touch with you to let you know what happens next.

Please note that you must not carry on the activity for which you have applied for a licence unless or until you have been granted a licence.

What can I do if I'm not satisfied?

If you are unhappy with the way we have processed your application please contact us.

How does the Council handle objections and representations?

Find out more about objections and representations