The mission of the Bureau of Weights and Measures
is to promote equity in all commercial transactions based on weight
Do you ever wonder...?
- If you really got ten gallons the last time you filled your
car with gasoline?
- If that premium gasoline really was 93 Octane?
- If you really got a half a pound of corned beef last week
at the deli?
- If that package of corn flakes really had 20 ounces in it?
Most people take it for granted that the measurements that affect
them every day of the year are accurate. Luckily for New Yorkers,
there is a dedicated group of State and municipal weights and measures
officials working to assure measurement accuracy and thus promote
a fair and equitable marketplace.
Equity protects both buyer and seller. The buyer is assured that
they get what they pay for and the seller is assured of a marketplace
based on fair competition. New York's weights and measures program
is a cooperative effort of State and local offices enforcing a single
State law. In addition to the State Bureau of Weights and Measures,
which has jurisdiction over the entire State, there are 64 county
and city weights and measures departments or offices providing services
to their communities.
The weights and measures programs are a critical part of New York
State's infrastructure, protecting every consumer and every business.
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Device and Package Inspection Programs
Special State Inspection Programs
To assure accuracy in commercial transactions, State and local
weights and measures officials annually inspect thousands of scales,
gas pumps, and other types of devices. They also inspect thousands
of different packaged commodities including those packed at the
retail store and those packed at factories both nationally and internationally.
The Bureau operates several special programs for devices not tested
by local officials.
Petroleum Quality Programs
To assure conformance with performance and labeling standards,
weights and measures officials conduct random inspections of gasoline
and diesel fuel at distribution terminals and at retail gas stations.
Metrology Laboratory Programs - ISO 17025 Accredited Services Available
The Bureau of Weights and Measures operates a Metrology Laboratory
which certifies the accuracy of weights and measures standards of
mass/weight, volume, length and time. These calibration services are accredited to ISO 17025 standards. The laboratory also conducts
evaluations on new commercial weighing and measuring devices as
part of a national certification program. These services are available
on a fee basis for both the public and private sector.
Weights and Measures Administration
The Bureau coordinates the State's weights and measures program
and supervises the municipal programs to assure uniformity in application
of the laws and regulations. The Bureau also assists businesses
with information and training.
Licensing of Weighmasters
The Bureau issues licenses to private citizens to act as public
weighers and certify that shipments of bulk commodities are accurately
weighed or measured.
A collection of press releases and other consumer information.
Municipal Director List
List of Approved Commercial Devices
Laws and Regulations:
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Bureau of Weights and Measures
10B Airline Drive
Albany, New York 12235-0001