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Weights & Measures Information

Information For Businesses

District businesses must register all Universal Product Code (UPC) scanners, pharmaceutical balances, scales used in dialysis clinics, and commercially used weighing and measuring devices including gas pumps, produce scales and many other devices. DCRA inspects thousands of devices twice every year to validate that the devices are properly calibrated and display accurately.

New businesses and existing business with new weighing/measuring devices must register the devices prior to use in any form of commerce. Registered devices must be re-inspected and renewed annually. The registration cycle runs from October 1st to September 30th. A $2,034.00 fine (per violation) will be assessed for businesses using uninspected and unregistered devices. A $250.00 late fee will be assessed for failure to renew your device(s) by the October 1st deadline.

The Office of Weights and Measures emails renewal notices to the email address provided in octo.quickbase.com. You must notify the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ Office of Weights and Measures, in writing, of any change in address, ownership, or contact information. Businesses that do not receive renewal notices remain responsible for renewing prior to the October 1st deadline. Certificates and device registrations are not transferable. If your business moves or adds a new device, you must register for the new location and/or the additional device.

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