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The Prime Minister has today set out the next steps in the easing of lockdown. See the press conference at Youtube: Prime Minister's Coronavirus press conference (10 May 2021) for details.

Between 4.00pm on Wednesday 12 May and 7.30am on Thursday 13 May, the following systems will be unavailable due to essential maintenance: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit overpayments service, our welfare assistance form and our test and trace payments form. 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
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