When EPCs are required
Posted by Mike Gordon on 22 July 2015 12:57 PM
An EPC is required when a building is constructed, sold or rented out:
a. for buildings that are non-dwellings this requirement started for those buildings with a
total useful floor area greater than 10,000m2 from 6 April 2008
b. for buildings that are non-dwellings with a total useful floor area greater than 2,500m2
this requirement started on 1 July 2008
c. for all remaining buildings that are non-dwellings, save for a few exempted buildings
from 1 October 2008
EPCs for the sale or renting out of buildings that are non-dwellings will be valid for 10 years or
until a newer EPC is produced for building, if earlier.
From 9 January 2013, it is a requirement for all non-dwellings over 500m2 frequently visited by
the public to display a valid EPC in a prominent place clearly visible to members of the public.
This will only apply to buildings where an EPC has been produced for that building.
If a building, or building unit, is subsequently sold, constructed or rented out after 9 January
2013 and an EPC is produced then this must be displayed.
From 9 January 2013 all sales or lettings advertisements in the commercial media1 should
show the EPC rating of the property being advertised. There is no requirement to display the
full certificate but where there is adequate space, the advertisement should show the A-G
graph. However, it is recognised that this will not always be possible. In such cases the
advertisement should include the actual EPC rating of the property (for example C).