- Category: 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.
- Weights & Measures Establishment Registration
- Weights & Measures Registered Service Person Application
- Scales Used for Commerce in Utah
- Free Weights & Measures Certification Training (Retail Motor Fuel Dispenser Repair Persons ONLY)
- List of Businesses with Certified Retail Motor Fuel Dispenser Repair Persons
- Look Up Registered Service Persons (Scroll to bottom of page and click on the '2301' button)
- Placed In Service Report form
- Weights & Measures Frequently Asked Questions
- Consumer Tips for Internet Shopping
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.
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
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 (Scanning)
All businesses 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.
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.
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.
Utah Code and Administrative Rules Relating to Weights and Measures
- Weights and Measures (Utah Code Annotated: Title 4, Chapter 9)
- Motor Fuel Inspection Act (Utah Code Annotated: Title 4, Chapter 33)
- Compliance Procedures (R70-201)
- Registration of Servicemen for Commercial Weighing and Measuring Devices (R70-910)
- Packaging and Labeling of Commodities (R70-920)
- Method of Sale of Commodities (R70-930)
- Standards and Testing of Motor Fuel (R70-940)
- Uniform National Type Evaluation (R70-950)
- Weights and Measures Fee Registration (R70-960)
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
- National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM)
- National 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)||$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|
|Large Capacity Truck|
|Per hour equipment use||$25.00|
|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|