Knowledgebase: DCLG Guide to EPC (ND)
Situations where an EPC is not required
Posted by Mike Gordon on 22 July 2015 12:59 PM

EPCs are not required on sale or rent for buildings due to be demolished, provided the seller or

landlord can demonstrate that:

  • the building is to be sold or rented out with vacant possession
  • the building is suitable for demolition and
  • the resulting site is suitable for redevelopment
  • all relevant planning permissions, listed building consents and conservation area consents exist in relation to the demolition, and
  • they believe, on reasonable grounds, that a prospective buyer or tenant intends to demolish the building (e.g. on evidence of an application for planning permission)

The duties relating to EPCs do not apply to:

  • buildings used as places of worship and for religious activities
  • temporary buildings with a planned time of use of two years or less, industrial sites, workshops and residential agricultural buildings with low energy demand and residential agricultural buildings which are in use by a sector covered by a national sectoral agreement on energy performance
  • stand-alone buildings with a total useful floor area of less than 50m2

Additionally, in line with the removal of unnecessary gold-plating, from 9 January 2013, the following types of buildings will not require an EPC:

  • buildings and monuments officially protected as part of a designated environment or because of their special architectural or historic merit in so far as compliance with certain energy efficiency requirements would unacceptably alter their character or appearance