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THE STANDARDS OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES (ENFORCEMENT) ACT, 1985

Title : THE STANDARDS OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES (ENFORCEMENT) ACT, 1985

Year : 1985



(1) No person shall make, manufacture, repair or sell, or offer, expose or possess for repair or sale, any weight or measure unless he holds a valid licence issued in this behalf by the Controller authorising such person to do so:

Provided that a person who bonafide repairs any weight or measure owned and possessed by him shall not be required to take out a licence referred to in this sub-section.

(2) Every licence issued under this section-

(a) Shall be-

(i) Is such form,

(ii) Issued on payment of such fees, and

(iii) Valid for such period, as may be prescribed.

(b) May be renewed from time to time, and

(c) May contain such conditions and restrictions as may be prescribed.

(3) Every licence issued under the State Act shall, if in force immediately before the commencement of this Act, continue to be in force until the expiry of the period of its validity, or until the cancellation thereof, whichever is earlier, and may be renewed under this Act after the expiry of the period of its validity, if an application for such renewal is made in the prescribed form at least one month before the expiry of the period of validity of the licence.

(4) Every person who intends to commence business, after the commencement of this Act, as a maker, manufacturer, repairer or seller or any weight or measure, shall make an application in such form and on payment of such fees as may be prescribed, for the issue of a licence to him, and every licence so issued may be renewed if an application for its renewal, accompanied by such fee as may be prescribed, is made by such person in the prescribed form at least one month before the expiry of the period of its validity.

(5) The Controller may, if he is satisfied that the maker, manufacturer, repairer or seller, as the case may be, of any weight or measure was prevented by sufficient cause from making an application for the renewal of his licence before the expiry of the period of the validity thereof, permit him to make the application within a further period of one month from the date of expiry of the period of such validity, on payment by him of such further fee, not exceeding the fee which is payable for the issue of the licence.

(6) No application for the issue or renewal of a licence shall be rejected unless-

(a) The applicant or, as the case may be, the holder of the licence has been given a reasonable opportunity of showing cause against the proposed action, and

(b) The Controller is satisfied that-

(i) The application has not been made within the time specified in this section, or

(ii) The applicant has made any statement in, or in relation to, the application for the issue or renewal of the licence which is incorrect or false in material particulars, or

(iii) The applicant has contravened any provision of the Standards Act or of any State Act or of this Act or of any rule or order made under the Standards Act, State Act or this Act.

(7) The Controller may require every repairer licensed under this Act to furnish to the State Government security for such sum, not exceeding two hundred rupees, as may be prescribed.

(8) Nothing contained in this section shall apply to the sale by a user (who is not a maker, manufacturer, dealer or repairer) or any weight or measure:

Provided that no sale of any weight or measure of the prescribed description shall be made except with the written permission of the Controller.

(9) Every licence issued or renewed under this Act shall be displayed in a conspicuous place in the premises where the licensee carries on his business.



(1) The Controller may, if he has any reasonable cause to believe that the holder of any licence issued, renewed or continued under this Act has made any statement in, or in relation to, any application for the issue, renewal or continuance of the licence, which is incorrect or false in any material particular or has contravened any provision of the Standards Act or any State Act or this Act or any rule or order made thereunder, suspend such licence, pending the completion of any inquiry or trial against the holder of such licence:

Provided that no such licence shall be suspended unless the holder thereof has been given a reasonable opportunity of showing cause against the proposed action:

Provided further that where the inquiry or trial referred to in this sub-section is not completed within a period of three months from the date of suspension of a licence, such suspension shall, on the expiry of the period aforesaid, stand vacated.

(2) The Controller may, if he is satisfied, after making such inquiry as he may think fit, that the holder of a licence has made a false or incorrect statement of the nature referred to in sub-section (1) or has contravened any law or order referred to in that sub-section, cancel such licence:

Provided that no such licence shall be cancelled unless the holder thereof has been given a reasonable opportunity of showing cause against the proposed action.

(3) Every person whose licence has been suspended shall, immediately after such suspension, stop functioning as such licensee and shall not resume business as such licensee until the order of such suspension has been or stands, vacated.

(4) Every licensee whose licence has been suspended or cancelled shall, after such suspension or cancellation, as the case may be, surrender such licence to the authority by which such licence was issued.

(5) Every licensee whose licence has been cancelled shall, within a period of thirty days from the date of such cancellation, or within such further period, not exceeding three months from such date, as the Controller may, on sufficient cause being shown, allow, dispose of the weights or measures which were in his possession, custody or control on the date of such cancellation, and in the event of his failure to do so, the Controller or any other officer authorised by him, in writing, in this behalf, may seize and dispose of the same and distribute the proceeds thereof in such manner as may be prescribed.



Save as otherwise provided in the Standards Act, no person shall-

(a) Make or manufacture any weight or measure unless such weight or measure conforms to the standards established by or under the Standards Act;

(b) Make or manufacture any weight or measure with indications thereon of any weights or measures in accordance with unit other than the units of weights or measure specified by or under the Standards Act.



No weight or measure shall be sold, or offered, exposed or possessed for sale, or used or kept for use in any transaction or for industrial production or for protection unless it has been verified and stamped:

Provided that nothing in this section shall apply to any weight or measure which has been initially verified and stamped with a special seal referred to in sub-section (3) of section 41 of the Standards Act.



(1) Every maker, manufacturer, repairer or dealer and every person using any weight or measure in any transaction or for industrial production or for protection shall maintain such records and registers as may be prescribed and if required so to do by an Inspector, shall produce such records and registers before the Inspector for inspection.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), if the Controller is of opinion that having regard to the nature or volume of the business carried on by any maker, manufacturer, dealer, repairer or user of any weight or measure, it is necessary so to do, he may, by order, exempt maker, manufacturere, dealer, repairer or user from the operation of sub-section (1).
Last updated on August, 2016

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