Get an Energy Performance Certificate

Get an Energy Performance Certificate

Energy Performance Certificates

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rates the energy efficiency and environmental impact of your property. It is rated on a scale from A to G (where A is the most efficient and G the least efficient).

Current running costs for heating, hot water and lighting and a list of recommended energy saving improvements are shown on the certificate.

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You can get an EPC from an accredited domestic energy assessor.

Why you need an EPC

An EPC is required for nearly all privately rented residential accommodation. The exception is in cases where individual tenants of a shared house have separate tenancy agreements. These properties do not require an EPC.

An EPC will offer you the opportunity to differentiate your property from your competitors and gain a distinct marketing advantage.

Minimum standards

From April 2018, you must make sure that your property has at least an EPC rating of E before you renew a tenancy or rent it out to a new tenant.

After 1 April 2020, this minimum standard will apply to all privately rented properties, even if the tenancy hasn’t changed. 

We may take action against you if you're renting out a property that doesn't meet the minimum standard and you don't have an exemption. 


If you have a property with an F or G rating, and you think it qualifies for an exemption from the minimum energy efficient standard, you’ll need to register the exemption on the National PRS Exemptions Register. You’ll need to tell them what’s the reason for the exemption and have proof of exemption.

Read guidance on PRS exemptions on GOV.UK.

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) grant 

A MEES grant can help you meet the Domestic Private Rented Property Minimum Standard regulations.

To get this type of grant you must:

  • have a property that’s EPC rated F or G   
  • agree to pay back the outstanding balance if you sell the property

The grant will be secured via a Local Land Charge. 

How much you can get

The maximum grant available is £10,000 per property for a maximum of two properties.

You’ll be charged an administration fee of £350 for each property.

How to apply

We're contacting landlords to suggest taking out this grant. You can also email

Landlord's Energy Saving Allowance

You can reduce your tax bill by up to £1,500 a year with the Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance.

See Landlord's Energy Saving Allowance on GOV.UK for more information.

Help and advice

Energy Saving Trust provides impartial information on home energy efficiency and can advise you on any grants and offers that may be available to help you with the costs of installing measures.

Call 0800 512 012. They're open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Contact information

Private Housing Team (100TS)

Bristol City Council

PO Box 3176

Bristol, BS3 9FS

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Tel: 0117 352 5010