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How much does an EPC cost?

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are a legal requirement if you are renting, selling or building a property in the UK. Find out about EPC costs with our useful guide.

How much does an EPC cost?

How much does an EPC cost?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) costs between £60 and £120.00 (inc. VAT). As there are no fixed fees it's worth comparing quotes for registered assessors.

Since there are no fixed fees, EPC costs tend to vary, the EPC cost depends on a number of factors regarding your property, including the type of property you own and how many bedrooms it has.

If you live in an expensive city in a large house the EPC cost could be more, so it is worth getting a quote from an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor for the best price.

You cannot issue an EPC yourself and you might be offered the services via an estate or letting agent, however to get the best EPC cost, make sure you get the assessment completed directly.

What is involved in the EPC cost?

The cost of an EPC covers the survey that is completed by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor and the Energy Performance Certificate itself.

The Certificate identifies how energy efficient the property is, grading it on a scale from A to G, with A meaning ‘Very Efficient’ and G meaning ‘Not Very Efficient.’ The average energy efficiency rating for a property in England and Wales is band D.

The EPC will also assign the property a number from 1-100, with a higher number signifying that the property is more energy efficient. A more energy efficient home means that fuel bills will cost less.

What does a Domestic Energy Assessor do?

When you pay for the cost of an EPC, you are also paying for the services provided by a Domestic Energy Assessor. The EPC usually takes between 45 minutes and an hour to complete.

The DEA will carry out a number of health and safety checks on your property and take dimensions throughout the building to identify areas where heat may be lost, through windows, ceilings and walls for example.  

The property will be inspected to give an indication of how much it will cost to power and heat your home. The EPC also identifies the amount you could potentially save should you improve the energy efficiency of the household running costs as outlined within the Certificate.

The survey also includes:

  • Inspection of room heaters, boilers, heating controls and fireplaces

  • Record of fuel type to heat the property

  • A survey of any extensions on the property plus the construction type (solid brick, stone etc.) and age of the property

  • Inspection of insulation present in the loft and walls

  • Record of low energy lighting

  • Inspection on the types of glazing on windows

Once completed, the data is recorded on a property datasheet and the EPC is produced. The Certificate is then sent to the agent and/or property owner within 2 days, logged with Landmark Registry and stored with all copies of Certificates with the government portal.

What other costs are involved with an EPC?

Along with the cost of the Certificate itself and the service provided by the Domestic Energy Assessor, there may be the added cost of any work that may need to be carried out to improve the energy efficiency on your property.

The EPC can act as a useful guide to help you focus on the main areas where improvements can be made to reduce the household running costs. Improving the EPC on your property and making your home more energy efficient could also increase its value.

EPC Exemptions

An EPC is not required if you can demonstrate that the building is:

  • officially protected or listed

  • a temporary building that is only going to be used for 2 years or less

  • a workshop, industrial site or non-residential agricultural building that doesn’t use much energy

  • a place of worship or building to be used for other religious activities

  • a detached building with under 50 square metres of total floor space

  • a building that is due to be demolished by the seller or landlord with the relevant planning and conservation documentation

If all the following are true, a building is also exempt from requiring an EPC:

  • the building is due to be rented out or sold with vacant possession

  • the building is suitable for demolition and the buyer or tenant has applied for planning permission to demolish the building

  • the demolished site could be redeveloped

Find out how to cut your energy costs in just a few simple steps with our guide and improve the EPC rating on your property.
Last reviewed December 2016

Comments (4)

  • Mark Hamilton

    posted on 2 Aug 2017

    Found your blog. I appreciate your article. Its important to get quality information on free commercial quotes. So thanks for sharing all that important information.


    posted on 20 Oct 2017

    Do you always need an EPC? My mother in law has passed away and the house has to be sold.

    Reallymoving response

    You will always need an up to date EPC when selling a home. Check if your EPC is still within date, as they run out after 10 years. You can find an EPC assessor here.

    Lee Turner

    posted on 19 Feb 2019

    Do landlords renting out a property, require an EPC certificate?

    Reallymoving response

    Hi Lee,

    Yes, landlords need to have an up to date EPC to rent out their property.

    You can find more information on EPCs for landlords on our site.

    All the best,

    Deborah Light

    posted on 15 Apr 2019

    I am in the process of appointing Estate Agents to carry out a valuation on my property. I would be interested to see how the costs for an EPC vary and whether using an independent person would be of financial benefit

    Reallymoving response

    HI Deborah,

    An EPC is not the same as a valuation. A valuation can be carried out either by an estate agent, or by a qualified Chartered Surveyor. The agent will often quote based on a recommended asking price, but be sure to ask for the approximate selling price too, as these can differ.

    An Energy Performance Certificate measures how energy efficient your home is and has to be carried out by an energy assessor. This cannot be done by an estate agent.

    Best of luck with selling your property,

    the reallymoving team

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