Guidance

Energy Performance Certificates: opt-out of public disclosure

Why data relating to EPCs will be made available and how individuals can opt out of having their data disclosed publicly.

Notice of government’s intention to publish more data related to Energy Performance Certificates. You may choose whether to opt out of having this data disclosed publicly.

What are we doing?

As part of the government’s move to make more data publicly available, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has enabled greater access to data from Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for domestic and non-domestic buildings and from Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for public authority buildings in England and Wales.

This information is available on an individual basis meaning that EPCs and DECs can be viewed online at an individual property address level. The data is also available in bulk form.

In 2017, the government decided to widen access to the data on a bulk access basis to anyone who wanted to access it, subject to the terms of a copyright notice. This was in addition to the existing access to individual property details via the domestic and non-domestic registers.

The decision regarding which data items are free to access reflects considerations made as part of the privacy impact assessment.

We have also issued a formal privacy notice.

Privacy notice

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We recognise that some holders of EPCs may have concerns about information relating to their building being made public. Therefore, EPC holders may opt-out the data of the building they own or occupy.

Why are we doing this?

The value of information about the energy performance of buildings to researchers, local authorities and environmental organisations to improve energy efficiency and in delivering national climate change objectives is significant. We believe it is in the public interest to make this information more readily available for these purposes.

How do I opt out?

Holders of EPCs may opt-out by visiting the domestic and non-domestic registers. It is possible to opt-out an EPC at any time. Opt-out on the registers will take place immediately, however, in the bulk data your EPC can only be opted-out from future data releases, which are expected to be two to four times a year.

Opt-out is available to holders of EPCs but not to holders of DECs as these relate to public buildings.

Where is this data published?

The information is released on http://opendatacommunities.org/ which hosts data on a variety of communities and local government themes.

How can this data be used?

A copyright notice will accompany the data advising that use of the data is subject to conditions. The copyright notice includes the prohibition of re-use of the addresses for other purposes because the address data contains the intellectual property rights of Royal Mail Group Ltd.

If you have any further questions, please contact our EPC Enquiries team at the following e-mail address: epc.enquiry@communities.gov.uk.

Published 12 May 2016
Last updated 8 July 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added revised privacy notice.

  2. First published.