In observance of the Independence Day holiday, DCRA will be closed and no construction will be allowed on Monday, July 4, 2022 without an after-hours permit. You may report illegal construction by submitting an Illegal Construction Inspection Request Form during normal business hours or calling 311.

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How Can You Protect Yourself?

To be sure your purchase is measured and weighed correctly:

  • Read the package label.
  • Pay only for the product and its packaging. For example, make sure the scale weighs only the salad and its contents and does not include the weight of the container.
  • Check the unit price of the item.
  • Check your receipt to be certain the unit price aligns with the weight and/or quantity of your purchase.
  • Look for a current green and orange approval sticker and seal from the DC Office of Weights and Measures.


How Does DCRA's Office of Weights and Measures Protect Consumers?

Take a look at how DCRA's Office of Weights and Measures Division protects consumers below:

  • We inspect retail engine fuel meters ensure to ensure you get the proper quality and quantity for which you paid.
  • When you buy foods like meat, fruit, and vegetables, which are sold by weight, the grocer uses scales we inspect regularly to ensure accurate measures.
  • We inspect pre-packaged goods to ensure the actual weight of the package aligns with the displayed label weight.
  • We inspect retailers’ price/UPC scanners to ensure shelf prices match scanned prices.
  • We inspect jewelers' balances to ensure gems and precious metals are weighed accurately.
  • We inspect prescription balances to ensure pharmacists weigh medicine mixtures accurately.
  • We inspect compressed natural gas meters to make sure you get the proper quality and quantity for which you paid.
  • We help ensure safe health care by inspecting dialysis clinic scales used to check the weight of patients before and after treatment.
  • We inspect hopper scales to ensure concrete, sand, gravel, and asphalt mixtures are measured correctly before they go into streets, sidewalks, and buildings.
  • Our vehicle scale inspections help businesses comply with highway load restrictions and assure accurate pricing of sand, gravel, asphalt, and scrap metal.
  • We inspect commercial yard sticks and tape measurers, used to measure fabric, building materials (screening, glass, and piping) and other products sold by the inch, yard, and foot.
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