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Situations where an EPC is not required

EPCs are not required on construction, sale or rent for:

  • places of worship
  • temporary buildings with a planned time of use less than two years (see glossary of terms)
  • stand alone buildings with a total useful floor area of less than 50m2 that are not dwellings
  • industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings with low energy demand (see glossary of terms for a detailed description).

EPCs are not required on sale or rent for buildings due to be demolished. The seller or landlord should be able to demonstrate that:

  • the building is to be sold or let with vacant possession; and
  • the building is suitable for demolition and the resulting site is suitable for redevelopment; and
  • they believe, on reasonable grounds, that a prospective buyer or tenant intends to demolish the building (eg on evidence of an application for planning permission).

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