Energy Performance Certificates for the sale of business premises
If you are selling business premises, you must supply one or more free Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) - with their relevant recommendation reports - to prospective buyers.
You should provide the EPC either as soon as either:
you provide a potential buyer with other detailed written information a potential buyer attends a viewing an offer is made to buy the property If you do not provide an EPC any earlier, you must provide one to the buyer before completing a contract for sale of the building.
The number of EPCs required will depend on:
the complexity of the building itself whether all or part of the building is being offered for sale whether office blocks and mixed use buildings have a common heating system whether all or some parts of office blocks and mixed use buildings have separate heating systems whether shops with dwellings above have separate access and no common parts whether shops with residential space above have shared common access If you are selling a building and believe that the buyer intends to demolish and redevelop the site, you don't need to provide an EPC. This can usually be shown by having the relevant planning permission or evidence that planning permission has been applied for.