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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Weights and measures

Many goods are required to be sold with an indication of their weight or quantity. Equipment used to weigh or measure goods to be sold must comply with specific standards and be tested prior to use.

Trading Standards operate a planned inspection programme, which includes testing all weighing and measuring equipment used for trade within the county. We also give advice to traders on how to comply with weights and measures law.

If you have bought goods which you think are less than the quantity stated, please let us know.

We give advice to businesses and consumers in County Durham on weights and measures legal requirements.

Contact us
Safety and Metrology
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Community Protection
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ