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Assistant Commissioner Bob McGrath
Please be advised that on January 1, 2011, device inspection fees will be increased for the following devices:
  • Scales 100lb or under:$30.00
  • Scales 101lb to 4,999lb:$40.00
  • Scales 5,000lb to 9,999lb:$75.00
  • Scales 10,000 or over:$150.00
  • Weights:$30.00 per set
  • Gasoline meters:$30.00
  • Vehicle Tank Meters (Oil trucks):$75.00
  • Bulk Meters (4" and over):$100.00
  • Taxi Meters:$40.00
  • The Weights & Measures Division enforces Massachusetts General Law (MGL) relating to the inspection of commercial weighing and measuring devices. The devices inspected for accuracy and correctness include taximeters, gasoline dispensers, home heating oil truck meters and scales of all types. The Division also enforces various MGLs relating to insufficent weight or measure, scanner price accuracy, unit pricing, item pricing, motor fuel quality and pricing, delivery of home heating oil, method of sale and firewood deliveries.

    Device inspections are required by MGL to be performed annually. If a device is found to be correct, an approval seal is affixed to the device along with metal security seals on the adjustable components. If a device is found to be incorrect, a rejection notice is affixed and device is not allowed to be used until reparied or replaced.

    The Division responds to all complaints. Enforcement inspections, e.g. pricing, package weight, heating oil deliveries, are performed throughout the year and are generally random and unannounced. Violations may result in warnings, fines, or criminal complaints.

    Contact Information:

    Weights & Measures
    1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 5th floor
    Boston, MA 02118

    Tel: 617 635 5300
    Fax: 617 635 5383

    Please note, the above email should only be used for general questions. If you have a request for service you can expedite the process by submitting your request via this link. Thank you.


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