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Weighbridge Operator Licence

Weighbridge Operator Licence

To operate a public weighbridge, you need a certificate of competence issued by the Chief Inspector for Weights and Measures for your local authority.


If you want to apply for a public weighbridge operator's certificate you will be tested by an Inspector of Weights and Measures to make sure that you can operate the equipment properly. This includes the use of any associated equipment such as printers or computers linked to the weighing machine. You will also need to show that you can record and calculate the results of any weighings properly.

How to apply

For Bracknell Forest you can apply online via the link here - Apply for a public weighbridge operator's licence 

or email Bracknell Forest: licensing@bracknell-forest.gov.uk 

For West Berkshire Council email: licensing@westberks.gov.uk 


Application process

There is no process laid down in law for these applications. Each application is assessed on its own merits. We will consider:

  • the location of the site
  • the suitability of the equipment that will be used
  • any service contracts that will be in place for the equipment
  • the history of the premise and individuals involved

How long will it take to process my application?

We aim to process your application within 28 days of receiving it. As it is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted please contact us if you have not heard from us within this period.


Please contact us first. You may also appeal to the National Measurement Office if your application is refused.

The law

The relevant legislation is the Weights and Measures Act 1985.

West Berkshire