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Overview of Registration from Legal Metrology Maharashtra 

Legal Metrology is part of Metrology that deals with units of weights and measurements, methods of weights and measurements and weighing and measuring instruments to ensure public guarantee from the point of view of security and accuracy of weights and measurements. 

Legal Metrology Act, 2009 establishes and enforces standards of weights and measures, regulates trade and commerce in weights, measures and other goods/products that are sold or distributed by weights and measure or a number and for matter connected therewith or incidental thereto. No person is allowed to manufacture, sell or repair any weight or measure without obtaining registration/license from the Controller of Legal Metrology.  

The organisation of Legal Metrology Maharashtra comes under the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection of the Maharashtra Government. Maharashtra state falls under the Regional Reference Standard Laboratory, Ahmedabad. Followings are relevant Acts and Rules covered under the Legal Metrology Maharashtra:

  • The Legal Metrology Act, 2009
  • The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011
  • The Legal Metrology (General) Rules, 2011
  • The Legal Metrology (Approval of Models) Rules, 2011
  • The Legal Metrology (National Standards) Rules, 2011
  • Legal Metrology (Numeration) Rules, 2011
  • The Maharashtra Legal Metrology (Enforcement) Rules, 2011
  • Indian Institute of Legal Metrology Rules, 2011

Benefits of Registration under Legal Metrology Maharashtra 

Following are the benefits of getting Registration under the Legal Metrology Organisation of Maharashtra:

  • Reduces cost transaction 
  • Supporting trade
  • Obtaining trade barriers on a technical level
  • Increases consumer confidence

Necessary Papers for Registration under Legal Metrology Maharashtra 

Following are the necessary papers required for Registration under Legal Metrology Maharashtra:

  • Self-attested copy of Memorandum of Articles or Form no. 18 or Partnership Deed and list of Registered Directors
  • Pan Card of the company 
  • Import Export Certificate (in case of Importers)
  • Factory or shop and establishment licenses such as Paper relating to packing or import premises
  • Sales Tax (VAT) as a Registration Certificate 
  • Sample of wrappers or containers of a packaged commodity
  • DD or Pay Order (payable at Mumbai) 

Other information that is required for Registration in Maharashtra is as follows:

  • Name of applicant
  • Complete Address of the premises at which the pre-packing or import to be taken place
  • Name of Nominated Person, Partners, Proprietor or Directors
  • Declaration

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Procedure for obtaining Registration under Legal Metrology Maharashtra

Following are the steps that are required to be followed for obtaining Registration from the Legal Metrology Organisation of Maharashtra:

  • Application for Registration is filed along with all the required necessary papers in a prescribed format for the Manufacturer, repair, and Dealer. 
  • Application is sent to the Legal Metrology Officer for investigation.
  • After scrutiny of the Application by the Legal Metrology officer, if the Application is complete, then the investigating officer informs the applicant about the date of his visit to the premises. However, if the officer finds any of the information or necessary paper missing, then he informs the applicant of the compliance of the same.
  • Applicant submits all the required necessary papers. After confirming the submitted necessary papers, the investigating officer informs the applicant about the date of his visit to the applicant’s premises. 
  • The investigation officer checks the necessary paper and verifies them physically.
  • After successful verification and investigation, the investigating officer uploads the investigation report within two working days. 
  • After considering the report of the Legal Metrology investigating officer, if the Legal Metrology authority arrives at a conclusion and is satisfied that the applicant fulfils all the required compliances, then it considers granting Registration. And thereafter asks the applicant to submit the requisite fee.

However, if the Application is from the repairer, then he should undergo a technical ability test as specified by the Controller. After completing the ability test, issuing authority asks the applicant to deposit the requisite fee with the security deposit as per the Rules. 

  • After intimation of the Registration fee remittance, the issuing authority issues the required Registration Certificate.
  • If the Registration is refused due to non-compliance, the decision is communicated to the applicant.
  • Intimation regarding issuance of Registration Certificate is communicated to the concerned Legal Metrology Officer for information and record.
  • Issuing authority ensures that the process of issuance of Registration is completed within the specified time frame. 

Reasons for rejection of Application 

Reasons for rejection of applications for Registration under Legal Metrology Maharashtra are as follows:

  • The applicant is not the proprietor, partner, director, chairman, or company secretary of the firm or company. 
  • Mandatory necessary papers are not submitted. 
  • Necessary Papers are not self-attested by the applicant. 
  • The requisite registration fee is not deposited.

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