Guide

Energy Performance Certificates for your business premises

Last updated: 7 December 2017

Overview

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rates how energy efficient your building is using grades from A to G (with 'A' the most efficient grade).

When you need an EPC

You must have an EPC if:

  • you rent out or sell the premises
  • a building under construction is finished

If you're renting or selling your premises, an existing EPC can be used where this is still valid. Otherwise a new EPC must be obtained. You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don't make an EPC available to any prospective buyer or tenant.

When you must display one

You must display an EPC by fixing it to your commercial building if all these apply:

  • the total useful floor area is over 500 square meters
  • the building is frequently visited by the public
  • an EPC has already been produced for the building's sale, rental or construction

How much it costs

The cost of an EPC will depend on the building being assessed. All EPCs are valid for 10 years.

Energy Performance Certificates for your business premises
Overview