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displaying EPCs - a new sanction for non-compliance

7 April 2014

You may remember that the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 introduced a new obligation to display an EPC in any non-residential building that is frequently visited by members of the public, where the building has a total useful floor area of more than 500 sq metres. The EPC must be displayed in a prominent place, clearly visible to members of the public. It only applies to EPCs provided since the 2012 regulations came into force (on 9 January 2013) and there’s no need to commission one especially.

At the time, I think most businesses were pretty relaxed about this obligation as there were no sanctions for failing to comply. However, this position changed last week and there is now a one-off £500 penalty charge for failing to comply – levied by the local weights and measures authority. It’s not a significant sum – but it does show an appetite to impose financial sanctions in this area and we’ll be keeping an eye on the position going forwards.

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