The UK Rules
Specified Quantities

Specified Quantities: Weights and Measures Law

The selling of certain goods must take place in fixed sizes called 'specified quantities'. But, the specified quantities regulations for selling alcohol differ depending on whether it's sold by the glass or the bottle.

Specified Quantities Alcohol (by the glass)

Note: Specified quantities do not exist for sparkling wine or for yellow wine sold by the glass. The same applies to most spirits excluding rum, gin, vodka and whisky.

Alcohol Packaged in Bottles, Boxes (or similar)

Note: The regulations allow the selling of packaged alcohol in any volume providing it is below the minimum or above the maximum specified quantities allowed.

Note: There are no specified quantities regulations for weights and measures on packaged beer or cider.

Specified Quantities Regulations Solid fuel

Traders can sell sealed bags of solid fuel in any size. But, the rules on specified quantities apply to solid fuel sold loose. In this case, you would only be able to sell it in quantities of:


Weights and Measures Regulations | How units of measurement law applies to packaged or loose goods.

Packaged Goods | A guide explaining the two systems of packing products (i.e. minimum and average).

Specified Quantities Regulations: Weights and Measures in United Kingdom