Licence summary

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

Eligibility criteria

You must have sufficient knowledge for the proper performance of your duties.

Regulation summary

Application evaluation process

Any application received by Falkirk Council will be processed as quickly as possible and, in any event, within a period of 2 weeks. This period will run from the time that all of the required information has been submitted.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that Falkirk Council must process your application before it can be granted.

If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks, please contact us.

How to apply

To become an operator of a public weighbridge there is a requirement for a practical and written examination to be carried out at the weighbridge.

To apply for certification as a public weighbridge operator, you can complete the form below and send it to Falkirk Council by email or post:

Failed application and licence holder redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

You may appeal to the National Measurement Office if your application is refused.

Other redress

For example; complaints about noise, pollution, etc should be directed to the Environmental Protection Unit.

Environmental Protection Unit
Abbotsford House
Davids Loan

Additional information

Public weighbridges

There are two weighbridges in the Falkirk Council area which their owners have designated as public weighbridges. These are privately owned weighbridges which are made available to the public on payment of a fee.

The required accuracy of these is no different from any other weighbridge in use for trade but they are checked more regularly by Trading Standards. In addition, the operator is required to hold a certificate of competence issued by a Chief Inspector of Weights and Measures and there are various legislative requirements regulating use of the equipment.

The public weighbridge in the Falkirk Council area is:

Forth Ports
North Side
Grange Docks

Please note drivers must telephone to make a prior appointment 24 hours in advance.