Weights & Measures
What We Do
The Weights and Measures program for the City of Madison works within the Department of Planning and Development-Inspection Unit. Weights and Measures inspectors in this program monitor retail businesses for correctness of devices (accuracy is a part of correctness), product weights that are at or above the stated net weight (weight of packaging must be deducted) and scanner price accuracy.
The program uses national inspection standards found in handbooks 44, 130 and 133 to ensure that testing is uniform with testing that is done by other city and state inspectors. Following up on consumer complaints and non-compliance issues with progressive enforcement action are important facets of the program. The program goal is to maintain equity in the market place, protecting both consumers and businesses.
The laws that govern weights and measures are found in Chapter 22 of city ordinance. State laws are also enforced by the city and the state laws reference specific handbooks that were written by the National Conference on Weights and Measures. It is important to know that these handbooks are written and all changes done in cooperation with private companies such as scale manufacturers, gas pump manufacturers and the consumer commodity industries. They have had a great influence on all the requirements set forth in these handbooks.
The City of Madison licenses all of the devices that it inspects and tests. New businesses should contact the weights and measures inspection office to verify that the device or devices they are purchasing comply with all requirements for a legal for trade retail device.
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