New York City inspects scales and measuring devices used by retail stores, including grocery stores and bodegas, and airports to make sure they are accurate. All markets must have a scale in their prepackaged food section.
Businesses can request scale inspections online or by fax.
The City will notify you of your inspection date within 15 days of receiving your scale inspection request (5 days if you have a previously condemned scale). A City inspector will visit your business location unless you are a Mobile Vendor (Mobile Vendors must bring their scales to the Department of Consumer Affairs Testing Station). The average inspection time is 15 to 30 minutes per scale.
The City will place a current official seal on scales that pass inspection. You cannot use scales that fail inspection.
Fee amounts for scales inspected by the Department of Consumer Affairs are below.
- $20 per scale for scales up to and including 15 kg (33 lb) capacity
- $40 per scale for scales over 15 kg and including 300 kg (661 lb) capacity
- $100 per scale for scales over 300 kg and including 1,500 kg (3,307 lb) capacity
Fee amounts are set by New York State Weights and Measures Regulations. The City will bill you for the scale inspection fee after the inspection. Learn more about paying fees.
Request a scale inspection.
Fax your request for an inspection to (718) 349-2576.