So are any buildings exempt?

The following buildings are exempt from a commercial EPC:

  • places of worship
  • Buildings that are intended to exist for less than two years
  • Agricultural buildings and some basic workshops with low energy demands.
  • Detached buildings of less than 50 sq m (550 sq ft) are exempt.
  • Where it can be demonstrated that a building is suitable for demolition or redevelopment it could be exempt – In this instance the property should have appropriate planning consents etc or the seller has reasonable grounds to believe that a prospective buyer intends to demolish the building.

A commercial EPC will not be required for a lease renewal or a lease extension or surrender or under a compulsory┬ápurchase order. ‘i.e. transactions that do not involve a new owner or tenant may not require an EPC’.

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