Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Consumer: Weights and Measures

D27 Division of Standards (DOS)
Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
One Ashburton Place, Room 1115
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-727-3480
E-mail: standards.mail@MassMail.State.MA.US
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 - 4:30

This division enforces laws relating to weights and measures and the accuracy of weighing and measuring devices, such as scales and metering systems used in the sale of food, fuels, and other products. It regulates the retail sale of gasoline and motor oil; regulates and enforces both unit pricing and item pricing on store scanners and registers; issues permits to manufacturers and distributors of antifreeze; tests and approves coin-operated machinery; and licenses transient vendors and hawkers and peddlers. This division also grants licenses to auctioneers while cities and towns grant permits for the conduct of auctions. It also registers motor vehicle damage repair shops (auto body shops, auto glass shops).

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