Weights and Measures
Information about Weights and Measures Registered Service Person Certification
primary focus of this program is to ensure that equity prevails in the
market place, and that commodities bought or sold are accurately weighed
or measured and properly identified.
All weighing or measuring devices used in a commercial application are subject to inspection to ensure their accuracy. This includes the weight or measure of foods, non-food products, services, scanners, or commodities purchased in the State of Utah. We also respond to numerous consumer complaints dealing with violations of the weights and measures laws.
Most items purchased each day are sold by weight, measure, or count. Inspection of weighing and measuring devices for correctness and accuracy helps to protect both consumers and retailers from unfair business practices.
- News & Information about Weights & Measures Programs
- Information on the Weights and Measures Registration Program
- Weights and Measures Frequently Asked Questions
Types of Devices Tested
These devices include scales used for weighing livestock, coal, gravel, vehicles, and similar items; inspections are conducted at auction yards, ranches, ports of entry, mine sites, construction sites, gravel pits and railroad yards.
Scales are inspected to ensure that they are accurate for the services in which they are used, that they are installed properly, and positioned so that customers can see the display.
Test all gasoline pumps for accurate measurement, storage tanks for water, test fuel for quality (octane).
2010 Document: Ethanol Blended Gasoline Facts for Retailers & Consumers
2011 Video: Watch an inspector perform a gasoline pump test
All packages, cans, bottles, and containers that have a weight, measure, or count declaration are subject to inspection. Routine verification of the net contents of packages is done to facilitate value comparison and fair competition. Inspections are done at point-of-pack locations, storage warehouses, retail stores, and wholesale outlets.
All business that use UPC scanning systems are subject to inspection. Testing is done by randomly selecting items, recording the display price, then verifying the posted price matches the scanned price. A passing score is 98% or above, meaning that only one of each 50 items selected is allowed to scan incorrectly.
Inspections are conducted on airport fuel trucks, all fuel delivery trucks, cement batch plant water meters, asphalt plant meters, and other large meters.
All propane delivery trucks, and all retail dispensers at service stations are subject to inspection.
Houses the state primary standards of mass, length, and volume, conducts tests and certifies mass and volume standards used by industry and business. Valid National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Test Numbers have been issued to Utah and are on file at NIST and at the Utah Laboratory.
Consumers rely on the services of this facility to certify equipment
used for weight, length or volumetric measurement in commercial business.
for Voluntary Registration of Servicemen and/or Agencies for Commercial
Weighing and Measuring Devices
- Application for Individual Agency Employee
Tips for Internet Shopping
Code and Administrative Rules Relating to Weights and Measures
(Utah Code Annotated: Title 4, Chapter 9)
- Motor Fuel Inspection Act (Utah Code Annotated: Title 4, Chapter 33)
- Registration of Servicemen for Commercial Weighing
and Measuring Devices (R70-910)
and Labeling of Commodities (R70-920)
of Sale of Commodities (R70-930)
and Testing of Motor Fuel (R70-940)
National Type Evaluation (R70-950)
- Weights and Measures Fee Registration (R70-960)
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM)
Type Evaluation Program (NTEP)
- Western Weights and Measures Association (WWMA)
Base Fees, Weights & Measures Devices
|Small (1 to 3 scales, 1 to 12 fuel dispensers, 1 meter, or 1 to 3 scanners)||$30.00|
|Medium (4 to 15 scales, 13 to 24 fuel dispensers, 2 to 3 meters, or 4 to 15 scanners)||$90.00|
|Large (16 to 25 scales, 25 to 36 fuel dispensers, 4 to 6 meters, 16 to 25 scanners)||$150.00|
|Super (26 or more scales, 37 or more fuel dispensers, 7 or more meters, or 26 or more scanners)||$290.00|
|Large Capacity Truck|
|Per hour equipment use||$25.00|
|Per hour equipment use||$15.00|
|Overnight Trip||Per Diem and cost of motel|
|Gasoline - Octane Rating||$120.00|
|Gasoline - Benzene Level||$80.00|
|Gasoline - Pensky-Martens Flash Point||$20.00|
|Overtime charges, per hour||$30.00|
|Metrology services, per hour||$32.00|
|Gasoline - Gravity||$10.00|
|Gasoline - Distillation||$25.00|
|Gasoline - Sulfur, X-ray||$35.00|
|Gasoline - Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP)||$25.00|
|Gasoline - Aromatics||$50.00|
|Gasoline - Leads||$20.00|
|Diesel - Distillation||$25.00|
|Diesel - Sulfur, X-ray||$20.00|
|Diesel - Cloud Point||$20.00|
|Diesel - Conductivity||$25.00|
|Diesel - Cetane||$20.00|
|Citations, maximum per violation||$500.00|