Weights & Measures

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Weights and Measures

The 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.



Types of Devices Tested

Large Capacity Scales (1000 lbs. or greater)

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.

Small Capacity Scales (up to 999 lbs.)

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.

Motor Fuel

Test all gasoline pumps for accurate measurement, storage tanks for water, test fuel for quality (octane).

Document: Ethanol Blended Gasoline Facts for Retailers & Consumers
Video: Watch an inspector perform a gasoline pump test

Package Inspection

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.

Price Verification (Check out register)

All businesses that use a check-out register used at the final point of sale as a means for pricing for commercial sales are subject to inspection. Testing is done by randomly selecting items, recording the display price, then verifying the posted price matches the price charged at the checkout register. A passing score is 98% or above, meaning that only one of each 50 items selected is allowed to be incorrect.


Rule R70-960. Weights and Measures Fee Registration.  R70-960-2. Definitions of Terms.

F.   Check-out register means any device that is commercially used in a price verification system at a check-out register. Included are those devices that use Universal Product Code (U.P.C.) scanners, Electronic  Product Code (E. P. C.) readers, manual entries, or any current or future use of any device that could be used at the final point of sale as a means for pricing for commercial sales.

Large Capacity Petroleum and Water Meters

Inspections are conducted on airport fuel trucks, all fuel delivery trucks, cement batch plant water meters, asphalt plant meters, and other large meters.

Propane (LPG)

All propane delivery trucks, and all retail dispensers at service stations are subject to inspection.

Metrology Lab

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.

Utah Code and Administrative Rules Relating to Weights and Measures


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Base Fees, Weights & Measures Devices
Small (1 to 3 scales, 1 to 12 fuel dispensers, 1 meter, or 1 to 3 scanners) $50.00
Medium (4 to 15 scales, 13 to 24 fuel dispensers, 2 to 3 meters, or 4 to 15 scanners) $150.00
Large (16 to 25 scales, 25 to 36 fuel dispensers, 4 to 6 meters, 16 to 25 scanners) $250.00
Super (26 or more scales, 37 or more fuel dispensers, 7 or more meters, or 26 or more scanners) $400.00


Scale Inspections
Large Capacity Truck
Per man-hour $20.00
Per mile $1.50
Per hour equipment use $25.00
Pickup Truck
Per man-hour $20.00
Per mile $0.75
Per hour equipment use $15.00
Overnight Trip Per Diem and cost of motel


Petroleum Refinery Fees
Gasoline - Octane Rating  
Gasoline - Benzene Level  
Gasoline - Pensky-Martens Flash Point  
Overtime charges, per hour  
Metrology services, per hour  $50.00
Gasoline - Gravity  
Gasoline - Distillation  
Gasoline - Sulfur, X-ray  
Gasoline - Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP)  
Gasoline - Aromatics  
Gasoline - Leads  
Diesel - Gravity  
Diesel - Distillation  
Diesel - Sulfur, X-ray  
Diesel - Cloud Point  
Diesel - Conductivity  
Diesel - Cetane  
Citations, maximum per violation  $500.00