Energy Performance Certificates - Non-Domestic (Commercial)
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:
When you must display one
You must display an EPC by fixing it to your commercial building if all these apply:
How much it costs:
The cost of an EPC will depend on the building being assessed.
How long it lasts:
All EPCs are valid for 10 years.
Penalty for not having one if required on terms above:
You can be fined between £500 and £5,000 based on the rateable value of the building if you don’t make an EPC available to any prospective buyer or tenant.
2. How to get a certificate
If you require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) you can purchase one through the Virtual Commercial website.
You don’t need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) if you can demonstrate that the building is any of these:
Vacant buildings and demolition
A building is also exempt if all of the following are true:
4. Appeal a penalty charge
You can ask for a review if you get a penalty charge notice. The notice will tell you how to do this. If the review fails you’ll get a letter confirming your penalty.
You can then appeal to the county court (or sheriff court in Scotland) but you must do this within 28 days of receiving your confirmed penalty.
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