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Trading Standards fees and charges

Our charges for business advice, verification, calibration and testing of equipment, hire of weights and all other fees.

Fees chargeable for the storage of explosives under The Explosives Regulations 2014. Please note, these fees are set by The Health and Safety and Nuclear (Fees) Regulations 2021.

Explosives

Licence to store explosives where, by virtue of regulation 27, and Schedule 5, to the 2014 Regulations, a minimum separation distance of greater than 0 metres is prescribed:

Duration Fee
1 year £189
2 years £248
3 years £311
4 years £382
5 years £432

Renewal of licence to store explosives where a minimum separation distance of greater than 0 metres is prescribed:

Duration Fee
1 year £88
2 years £150
3 years £211
4 years £272
5 years £333

Licence to store explosives where no minimum separation distance or a 0 metres minimum separation distance is prescribed:

Duration Fee
1 year £111
2 years £144
3 years £177
4 years £211
5 years £243

Renewal of licence to store explosives where no minimum separation distance or a 0 metres minimum separation distance is prescribed:

Duration Fee
1 year £55
2 years £88
3 years £123
4 years £155
5 years £189

Explosives licence variation:

Variation type Fee
Varying the name of licensee or address of site £36
Transfer of licence or replacement of licence if lost £36
Any other kind of variation Reasonable cost to the licensing authority of having the work carried out

Fireworks licence (all year)

Please note, these fees are set by the Fireworks Regulations 2004.

Licence type Fee
Fireworks Regulations 2004, Regulation 9 £500
Annual licence to sell fireworks outside the permitted periods as stated.  

The fee payable for less than one year's duration shall be, respectively, the fee set out above for a licence of one year's duration decreased proportionately according to the duration of the period for which the licence is granted.

These fees are set by The Health and Safety and Nuclear (Fees) Regulations 2021.

Licence under the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 Fee
(a) Certificate to keep petroleum spirit of a quantity not exceeding 2,500 litres (one year duration) £45
(b) Certificate to keep petroleum spirit of a quantity exceeding 2,500 litres but not exceeding 50,000 (one year duration) £61
(c) Certificate to keep petroleum spirit of a quantity exceeding 50,000 litres (one year duration) £128

Certificates may be obtained to cover from 1 to 10 years. The fee is the standard fee multiplied by the number of years.

Business advice type Fee  
Business advice provided under a Primary Authority Partnership – hourly rate £71.44 (VAT not applicable)
Business advice outside of Primary Authority – hourly rate £71.44 (+ VAT)

Please note that some small businesses are entitled to free business advice or business advice at a reduced rate.

Environmental search outcome Fee
Fees charged in respect of environmental searches carried out (positive outcome) £100.28
Fees charged in respect of environmental searches carried out (negative outcome) £52.02

A) Special Weighing and Measuring Equipment

Where equipment is not covered by categories B to F below, charges shall be based on Officer time at an hourly rate of £71.44 (plus support officer hourly rate of £43.87 where relevant) minimum charge for 15 minutes.

Such equipment includes:

  1. Equipment tested by statistical sampling
  2. Intoxicating Liquor Measuring Instruments
  3. AQ Templets
  4. Ballast measures
  5. Dry and Liquid Capacity measures
  6. Linear measures
  7. Bulk Fuel systems (above 100 litres)

Where multiple submission discounts are not covered in categories B to D below, a 10% discount will be given where 2 or more items of the same category are submitted for verification on the same occasion.

B) Weights

Item Fee

Trade weight verification up to 25kg

£11.90 each +VAT

C) Non-Automatic Weighing scales

Item Fee
Not exceeding 100kg - NAWI Reverification £77.71 +VAT
Not exceeding 1 tonne - NAWI Reverification £124.58 +VAT
Exceeding 1 tonne to 10 tonne - NAWI Reverification £180.49 +VAT
Exceeding 10 tonne - NAWI Reverification £314.62 +VAT
Additional charge for testing weighing scales which incorporate, price-computing, printing, multi-range, or remote display facilities. £6.27 +VAT

Discounts:

  • £18.35 per weighing scale bought into our Wootton Hall Park office for verification
  • £18.35 per weighing scale for second & subsequent weighing scales tested on site on the same occasion
  • £52.59 per weighing scale over 1 tonne capacity when submitter provides assistance in testing

D) Automatic Weighing machines

Item Fee
Automatic Catchweigher Not exceeding 10kg Reverification £71.44 +VAT
Automatic Catchweigher Not exceeding 100kg Reverification £142.90 +VAT
Automatic Catchweigher Exceeding 100kg Reverification Section A +VAT
Automatic Gravimetric Filling Instrument Not exceeding 60kg Reverification £238.15 +VAT
Automatic Gravimetric Filling Instrument Exceeding 60kg Reverification Section A +VAT

E) Measuring Instruments for Liquid Fuel and Lubricants

Item Fee
First nozzle tested, per site Reverification £140.37 +VAT
Each additional nozzle tested at the site Reverification £67.69 +VAT
Testing of ancillary electronic equipment (eg credit card accepters) or other additional testing on site (per site)

 

Section A +VAT

F) Statements of test

Item Fee
Statements of Test (OP 11.2) at rate A. Charges based on officer time minimum charge 15 minutes Section A +VAT

For work carried out by the Service Metrology Laboratory see H below

G) Weight Hire

Item Fee
Single day per tonne or part tonne £55.14 +VAT
Second and subsequent days £27.58 +VAT
Other equipment Rate negotiated with the approval of the Section Manager

H) Metrology Laboratory Pricing Schedule

Calibration of Weights and Poises up to 25kg:

Item Fee
Up to 25kg - 1st 3 Weights £32.59 +VAT
Up to 25kg - 4 - 10 Weights £47.64 +VAT
Up to 25kg - 2nd and subsequent 10 weights £36.35 +VAT
Up to 25kg – Certificate £23.82 +VAT

Calibration of Weights and Poises above to 25kg:

Item Fee
1st 3 Weights £47.64 +VAT
2nd and subsequent 3 weights £36.35 +VAT
Certificate £23.82 +VAT

Miscellaneous:

Item Fee
Adjustment/Cleaning where necessary per weight £7.52 +VAT
Accuracy test for Motor cycle brake testers and other non-automatic weighing scales ≤200kg £23.82 +VAT
Certificate £23.82 +VAT
Where the above charges are inappropriate, charges shall be levied at Rate A with a charge of £23.82 for a Certificate. Section A +VAT
at Rate A with a charge of £23.82 for a Certificate.

Notes

Fees for Categories A to F are not subject to VAT in the unlikely event they are verified under the Measuring Instruments (EEC Requirements) Regulations 1988.

Additional fees are charged at the rate of 50% for tests outside normal working hours (weekdays 08.00hrs - 18.00hrs), and 100% for tests carried out on weekends and Bank Holidays. HM Revenue and Customs approved mileage rate and travelling time at the rate at Section A is charged for tests out of county.

Last updated 14 October 2021