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About Us

Division of Weights & Measures' Mission Statement:

The Dutchess County Division of Weights & Measures enforces Article 16 of the NYS Agriculture and Markets Law.  Inspections are performed annually at every Dutchess County establishment that uses a weighing or measuring device when selling a product.  These inspections protect both the buyer and the seller in Dutchess County.  The buyer is assured they will get what they paid for, and the seller is assured of a marketplace based on fair competition.

Have you seen us?Weights and Measures sticker

This is the “sticker” that you will see on any devices that we have inspected. Next time you are pumping gas take a look at the pump and you will see the sticker.

Most people take it for granted that the items they purchase daily are weighed and measured accurately, and many do not realize how much of what they buy is weighed or measured.  Here are some examples of where you might find items that are weighed or measured for sale:

  • Airports - proper amount of jet fuel dispensed
  • Bakery
  • Buffets
  • Coffee Shops
  • Deli, Butcher Shop, Seafood
  • Drug Stores - pharmacy scales accurate
  • Dutchess County Fair – candy, nuts sold by the pound and livestock scales (non-commercial)
  • Establishments where items are scanned at checkout
  • Farmer’s Markets
  • Feed Stores
  • Gas Stations
    • Proper amount dispensed
    • Proper octane level of gasoline
  • Grocery Store
    • Accuracy of scanners at checkout counter
    • Deli – scales accurate
    • Items priced
    • Meat department – scales accurate
    • Produce section – customer scales accurate
  • Hardware Store
  • Laundromat - laundry dropped off weighed accurately
  • Marina - proper amount of fuel dispensed and proper octane level of gasoline
  • Pet Shop
  • Schools - sports and health scales (non-commercial)
  • Scrap Yards/Transfer Stations

Here are some examples of types of purchases that are weighed or measured for sale:

  • Blacktop for your driveway - asphalt manufacturer’s scales are inspected
  • Bulk item purchases: coffee, tea, tobacco
  • Candy - buying by bulk
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Fuel oil delivery to your home - proper amount delivered from the truck
  • Gold, Silver, Precious Metals - accuracy of scales for weighing precious metals
  • Mailing a package
  • Moving? Truck scale accurate
  • Propane tanks

Weights & Measures also enforces Dutchess County local laws regarding the sale of gasoline, precious metals, item pricing, and unfair and deceptive trade practices including gas station posting of prices.



A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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