Trading Standards

All charges are subject to standard VAT unless noted below

BACKGROUND: Between 1981 and 2010, guidance detailing the charges for testing individual items of equipment and registration fees were issued annually by the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS) and were the basis for fees in Devon. After the cessation of LACORS in 2011, the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers (ACTSO) provided guidance which Devon followed until this guidance also ceased. With the exception of those set by legislation, Devon now sets its fees independently.

Weights And Measures Act 1985 s74 & s76

Fee CodeExplanation of chargeCharge 2022/23Notes
Measuring instruments directive (MID) (2004/22 EC)
VM1Initial conformity assessment. Devon is only approved and competent to initially verify non-automatic weighing instruments (NAWI) as part of the Swercots notified body. Bookings can be taken for bulk fuel meter measuring system initial verification under (MID), but this work will be conducted by South Gloucester Metrology Services£119.30 phDevon is authoristed to reverify all classes of equipment covered by MID - No surcharges apply to re-verifications.
VM2Reverifications of equipment covered by (MID)Use fees as detailed in sections belowDevon is authoristed to reverify all classes of equipment covered by MID - No surcharges apply to re-verifications.
Special Weighing and Measuring Equipment
VSSExamining, testing, certifying, stamping, authorising or reporting on special weighing or measuring equipment at the place where the service is provided. Such types of equipment, specifically excluded from below, include: ·

  • Automatic or totalising weighing machines

  • Equipment designed to weigh loads in motion

  • Bulk fuel measuring equipment tested following a Regulation 65 or 66 occurrence under the 1983 Regulations or Regulation 23 or 24 occurrence under the 1988 Regulations

  • Weighing or measuring equipment tested by means of statistical sampling

  • The establishment of calibration curves from templates

  • Templates graduated in millilitres

  • Testing or other services in pursuance of a Community obligation other than EC initial or partial verification

£119.30 phNo discounts are available
Weights (service carried out at County Hall)
VFFWeights above 5kg or below 500mg£12.00 eachIf a weight requires adjustment and retesting an additional fee of the same aount will be charged
VFFWeights above 500mg to 5kg£9.90 eachIf a weight requires adjustment and retesting an additional feed of the same amount will be charged.
Weights and measures act 1985 S74 and S76 - Measures
VGGLinear measures not exceeding 3m, for each scale£12.00 each
VI1Capacity measures, without divisions, not exceeding 1 litre£10.80 each
VI2Cubic ballast measures (other than brim measures)£119.30 ph** Discount available for bringing equipment to County Hall, Exeter or Chelston Wellington for testing
VI3Liquid capacity measures for making up and checking average quantity packacges£119.30 ph
Weights and measures Act 1985 S74 and S76 - Templates
VTTPer scale (mm only) - first item
See above for templates in millilitres
£119.30 phTo be submitted to County Hall, Exeter for testing
Weights and measures Act 1985 S74 and S76 - Weighing Instruments
VC1Non automatic weighing machines (NAWMS pre 2000): Not exceeding 1 tonne£119.30 ph**Discount available for bringing equipment to County Hall, Exeter or Chelston Wellington for testing
VC2Non automatic weighing machines (NAWMS pre 2000) - Exceeding 1 tonne to 10 tonnes£119.30 ph
VC3Non automatic weighing machines (NAWMS pre 2000) -Exceeding 10 tonnes£119.30 ph+++ Weighbridges
VD1NAWI (post 2000) not exceeding 1 tonne£119.30 ph**Discount available for bringing equipment to County Hall, Exeter or Cheslton, Wellington for testing
VD2NAWI (post 2000) -Exceeding 1 tonne to 10 tonnes£119.30 ph
VD3NAWI (post 2000) -Exceeding 10 tonnes£119.30 ph+++ Weighbridges
VC4 or VD4Testing instruments incorporating remote display or printing facilities, and where completion of the test requires a second person or a second series of tests by the same person, an additional fee may be charged50% surcharge*** Additional costs
Weights and measures Act 1985 S74 and S76 - Measuring instruments for intoxicating liquor
VHHNot exceeding 150ml £19.60 each
VHHOther£21.80 each
Weights and Measures Act 1985 S74 and S76 - Measuring instruments for liquid fuel and lubricants
VA1Container tyle (not subdivided)£119.30 ph** Discount available
VA2Single/multi-outlets (nozzles)
All nozzles tested
£119.30 ph++ Waiting time
VA3Testing of credit card acceptor (per unit, regardless of number of slots/nozzles/pumps)£119.30 ph++ Waiting time
VA4Testing of peripheral electronic equipment on a separate visit (per site)£119.30 ph
Weights and measures Act 1985 S74 and S76 - Road tanker fuel measuring equipment (above 100 litres) - Meter measuring systems
VJ1Meter measuring systems testingPrices available on request from Trading StandardsWork completed by South Gloucestershire Metrology Services in Yate. Will require tanker being transported to Yate for this service.
VJ2Reseal following broken seals or repair where bulk flow unit not requuired£119.30 ph
Weights and measures Act 1985 S74 and S76 - Road Tanker fuel measuring equipment (above 100 litres) - Dipstick measuring systems
VJ3Up to 7,600 litres (for calibration of each compartment and production of chart)Prices available on request from Trading StandardsWork completed by South Gloucestershire Metrology Services in Yate. Will require tanker being transported to Yate for this service.
Over 7,600 litres, basic fee above, plus additional chargePrices available on request from Trading StandardsWork completed by South Gloucestershire Metrology Services in Yate. Will require tanker being transported to Yate for this service.
VJ4Initial and spare dipsticks replacement dipstick (including examination of compartment)Prices available on request from Trading Standards
Weights and measures Act 1985 S74 and S76 - certificate of errors
VKKFor supplying a certificate containing results of errors found on testing (certificate supplied upon request of the submitter)£43.60 eachFee applies when no other fee is payable
Weights and measures Act 1985 S74 and S76 - Weighing or measuring equipment or goods submitted for test at the submitter's request
VLLMetric fishing scales and weights£21.80 eachTo be delivered to nearest Trading Standards office
VOOOther equipment or goods - for the examination, testing and report on other equipment or the weighing or measuring of goods£119.30 phTo be determinted on the basis of per officer/hour spent at the place where the service is provided
VPPServices or facilities provided - In pursuance of community obligations by virtue of S76 of the Weights and measures Act 1985£119.30 phTo be determined on the basis of per officer/hour spent at the place where the service is provided
Weights and measures Act 1985 S74 and S76 - Weights and measures Act 1985, Part 3VAT Exempt
Public weighbridge operator training£85.00phIncludes informal training session, provision of examination notes, examination and certification of operator, average time charges is 3 hours, minimum charge of one hour applied.

Notes on application of fees

† VAT – All fees are quoted are exclusive of VAT.

VAT should be charged unless the work carried out is a statutory requirement. It is only weights and measures equipment that is tested: a) under the Measuring Instruments (EEC Requirements) Regs 1988 which will be stamped with symbols similar to the following:

measuring instruments regs symbols

or, b) in pursuance of a Community obligation other than a) above that will be exempt from VAT. This is generally equipment brought into prior to 2000 which can not be tested by approved verifiers under NAWI and MID regulations.

* Fee Codes – Please ensure that relevant fee codes are identified on the Test Forms for audit purposes. They also correspond to the coding on APP for entering your visit.

Mileage – Hourly rates can be charged for travel time to the premises where equipment is situated up to a maximum of one hour charged. For Verification or certification work outside normal office hours a surcharge of £29.60 ph is applied. The figure should not be entered separately on the form but added to the normal fee. The following should though be stated on the test form: ‘Includes out of hours surcharge’.

** Discounts are available where equipment is submitted for testing at one of our offices. All items will be given a discount of 50% unless stated otherwise. (This is NOT applicable to “Special Weighing and Measuring Equipment”)

*** Additional Costs – When supplying specialist equipment (including but not limited to weighbridge test unit, etc) an additional fee may be charged hourly, daily or per appointment, according to circumstance. This additional charge will not be made if the submitter provides test equipment to the inspector’s satisfaction with a recent test certificate from a Local Authority metrology laboratory or UKAS accredited metrology laboratory.

++ Waiting Time – Where delays in excess of half an hour occur during on site verifications waiting time will be charged, in multiples of half hour at hourly rate fee, if delays are due to (but not solely):

  • Engineers being late
  • Equipment not being ready for testing
  • Delays getting on site

Additionally where a pre-booked appointment is cancelled on the day of the verification 50% a surcharge of the verification fee will be levied.

+++ Weighbridges – the basic fee (VC3 or VD3) must be added to the cost of a day’s hire of the weighbridge unit (or hire of other appropriate equipment). If a weighing machine fails on test, it should be rejected and the submitter given the opportunity to use the weighbridge unit (or the hire of other appropriate equipment) for adjustment and resubmission. A second basic fee may be charged for the second test

Devon Metrology Laboratory Fees

Explanation of chargeCharge 2022/23Notes
The UKAS calibration of weights to OIML level M1
per weight 10kg and under
per weight over 10kg

£22.00 each
£25.00 each
The UKAS calibration of weights to OIML level F2
per weight
£36.00 each
The UKAS calibration of weights to OIML level F1 per weight£40.00 each
The UKAS calibration of weights to OIML level E2
per weight
£60.00 each
UKAS calibration of non standard weights e.g. Imperial, Newton and ball bearing weights
per weight
£26.00 each
Length Calibration
Rulers (up to 2m in length)
Tape Measures (up to 20m in length)
£48.50 each
£97.00 each
Volume Calibration
Testing per flask
£32.50 each
Petrol Measures
Cleaning fee per measure (for internal clean)
Testing fee per measure
£48.50 each
£48.50 each
Non standard calibration work£85.00 phThat will involve new research/calculations etc
Certificate fee for UKAS and other lab work received under £200.00 in value£16.50 each

Discount Available: Where weights are tested on a regular basis for customers a discounted feed may be negotiable of up to 5%.

Miscellaneous Statutory Fees (VAT exempt except where stated)

Explanation of chargeCharge 2022/23Notes
Petroleum Fees - Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 Health and Safety and Nuclear (Fees) Regulations 2016These are statutory fees and will remain the same year on year until we are notified of any changes
Duplicate certificate (+ VAT)£20.00Not set by legislation VAT chargeable
0-2,500 Litres£45.00Cost is for each year of licence/certificate
2,500 - 50,000 litres£61.00Cost is for each year of licence/certificate
Over 50,000 litres£128.00Cost is for each year of licence/certificate
Conveyancing Fees (+ VAT)£85.00phNot set by legislation VAT chargeable
Explosive Fees - Explosive regulations 2014
Health and Safety and Nuclear (fees) regulations 2016

These are statutory fees and will remain the same year on year until we are notified of any changes

Licence to store explosives, where no minimum seperation distance or a 0 metre minimum seperation distance is prescribed (less than 250kg)
First Time application:
One year duration
£111.00Licences are issued for a period of one year running from 1st September, which is the common renewal date implemented by this Authority. A new application can run for up to five years to the common renewal date. If you are making a first time application and wish to apply for a period of over one year please contact this Service so that a proportional fee can be calculated.
Up to two years duration£144.00Licences are issued for a period of one year running from 1st September, which is the common renewal date implemented by this Authority. A new application can run for up to five years to the common renewal date. If you are making a first time application and wish to apply for a period of over one year please contact this Service so that a proportional fee can be calculated.
Up to three years duration£177.00Licences are issued for a period of one year running from 1st September, which is the common renewal date implemented by this Authority. A new application can run for up to five years to the common renewal date. If you are making a first time application and wish to apply for a period of over one year please contact this Service so that a proportional fee can be calculated.
Up to four years duration£211.00Licences are issued for a period of one year running from 1st September, which is the common renewal date implemented by this Authority. A new application can run for up to five years to the common renewal date. If you are making a first time application and wish to apply for a period of over one year please contact this Service so that a proportional fee can be calculated.
Up to five years duration£243.00Licences are issued for a period of one year running from 1st September, which is the common renewal date implemented by this Authority. A new application can run for up to five years to the common renewal date. If you are making a first time application and wish to apply for a period of over one year please contact this Service so that a proportional fee can be calculated.
Renewal of licence:
On year duration
£55.00Please note that the time limited fees are for whole years. Fees for parts of a year would be on a pro-rata basis
Up to two years duration£88.00Please note that the time limited fees are for whole years. Fees for parts of a year would be on a pro-rata basis
Up to three years duration£123.00Please note that the time limited fees are for whole years. Fees for parts of a year would be on a pro-rata basis
Up to four years duration£155.00Please note that the time limited fees are for whole years. Fees for parts of a year would be on a pro-rata basis
Up to five years duration£189.00Please note that the time limited fees are for whole years. Fees for parts of a year would be on a pro-rata basis
Licence to store explosives, where, by virtue of regulations 27 of, and schedule 5 to, the 2014 regulations, a minimum seperation distance of greater than 0 metres is
First time application:
One year duration
£189.00Licences are issues for a period of one year running from 1 September, which is the common renewal date implemented by this authority. A new application can run for up to five year to the common renewal date. If you are making a first time application and wish to apply for a period of over one year please contact this service so that a proportional fee can be calculated.
Up to two years duriation£248.00Licences are issues for a period of one year running from 1 September, which is the common renewal date implemented by this authority. A new application can run for up to five year to the common renewal date. If you are making a first time application and wish to apply for a period of over one year please contact this service so that a proportional fee can be calculated.
Up to three years duration£311.00Licences are issues for a period of one year running from 1 September, which is the common renewal date implemented by this authority. A new application can run for up to five year to the common renewal date. If you are making a first time application and wish to apply for a period of over one year please contact this service so that a proportional fee can be calculated.
Up to four years duration£382.00Licences are issues for a period of one year running from 1 September, which is the common renewal date implemented by this authority. A new application can run for up to five year to the common renewal date. If you are making a first time application and wish to apply for a period of over one year please contact this service so that a proportional fee can be calculated.
Up to five years duration£432.00Licences are issues for a period of one year running from 1 September, which is the common renewal date implemented by this authority. A new application can run for up to five year to the common renewal date. If you are making a first time application and wish to apply for a period of over one year please contact this service so that a proportional fee can be calculated.
Renewal of licence: On year duration£88.00Please note that the time limited fees are for whole years. Fees for parts of a year would be on a pro-rata basis.
Up to two years duration£150.00Please note that the time limited fees are for whole years. Fees for parts of a year would be on a pro-rata basis.
Up to three years duration£211.00Please note that the time limited fees are for whole years. Fees for parts of a year would be on a pro-rata basis.
Up to four years duration£272.00Please note that the time limited fees are for whole years. Fees for parts of a year would be on a pro-rata basis.
Up to five years duration£333.00Please note that the time limited fees are for whole years. Fees for parts of a year would be on a pro-rata basis.

Miscellaneous Statutory Fees

Explanation of chargeCharge 2022/23Notes
Explosive feesVAT exempt
Varying name of licensee or address of site£37.00
Any other kind of variationPrice upon applicationEqual to the reasonable cost to the licensing authority of having the work carried out
Transfer of licence or registration£37.00
Replacement of lost licence or registration£37.00
The Fireworks (amendment) regulations 2004 VAT exemptThese are statutory fees and will remain the same year on year until we are notified of any changes
Licence to supply fireworks outside of the 4 prescribed periods: One year duration (from date of application)£500.00
Animal Feed Fees - The Animal Feed (Hygiene, Sampling Etc. and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2015VAT exemptThese are stuatory fees and will remain the same year on year until we are notified of any changes
Manufacture, or manufacture and placing on the market of animal feed additives referred to in article 10 (1) (a) or (b) of EU regulation 183/2005, other than those additives specified in regulation 2 (4), or of premixtures of such additives£451.00Appropriate applicable fees to be assessed on inspection
Placing on the market of substances referred to in article 10 (1) (a) or (b) of EU regulation 183/2005, other than those additives specified in regulation 2 (4), or premixtures of such additives£226.00Appropriate applicable fees to be assessed on inspection
Any of the relevant activities referred to in the section headed 'Facilities and equipment'£451.00Appropriate applicable fees to be assessed on inspection

Non Legislative Fees and Charges

Explanation of chargeCharge 2022/23Notes
Bespoke or commissioned work from customers£85.00ph
Offence reporting costsVAT exempt
Investigation costs - The hourly rate for investigation costs which can be claimed from persons subject to successful prosecutions£85.00phIn line with other authorities
External training provision (VAT exempt except where stated)
DCATS Metrology Laboratory (Diploma) - Metrology Students in the Metrology Laboratory£85.00phIn line with other authorities
Other courses - Arranged by Devon Trading Standards and made available to non DCC TSO'sNo fixed feePriced to be annouced on a course by course basis, dependant on venue costs, arrangement fees for speakers, refreshment costs and number of delegates.
External training for local businesses (+VAT†) £85.00phPrices to be annouced on a course by course basis, dependant on venue costs, arrangement fees for speakers, refreshment costs and number of delegates.
Weight hire charges +VAT†)
Cost per tonne or part thereof - Up to 2 tonne maximum£116.90Minimum 2 day hire. Below 500kg, price on application. Weights available for collection from Chelston, Wellington office.

Trading Standards ‘Buy With Confidence’ Scheme

Explanation of chargeCharge 2022/23Notes
Application fee
Entity with 1-5 employees£135.00
Entity with 6-20 employees£187.00
Entity with 21-49 employees£238.00
Entity with 50 + employeesPOA
Annual membership fees
Entity with 1-5 employees£257.00
Entity with 6-20 employees£385.00
Entity with 21-49 employees£513.00
Entity with 50 + employeesPOA
Additional Premises£80.00not new but not noted previously
Additional Trading Style£130.00not new but not noted previously

Primary Authority Scheme (VAT exempt)

Explanation of chargeCurrent charge 2020/21Notes
First year set up package£405.00Application fee plus three hours of officer time throughout the year, to include an initial visit*
Minimum package (after year one)£170.00Two hours of business advice and support **
Small package£242.00 Includes 5% discount, saving £13Three hours of business advice and support
Medium package£918.00 Includes 10% discount, saving £10212 hours of business advice and support
Large package£1,734.00 Includes 15% discount, saving £30624 hours of business advice and support
Bespoke (as agreed)Discount negotiable on our standard £85 per hour feeFor bespoke packages of more than 24 hours we can offer discounts. The amount of discount will depend on the quantity of hours purchased.

* In the first year of partnership the initial fee includes three hours of advice and support to enable an initial assessment of the business by nominated officers.

** After the first year an annual minimum fee of £160 will apply, which includes a minimum package of two hours.