If you are selling your property in order for the transfer to go through you would require a CoC certificate, this is legal.
The cost of a CoC certificate starts anywhere from R850, this cost is going to depend on the type as well as the size of the premises.
R850.00 will cover the cost of the certificate only, if there are any modifications to be made to the electrical components of the premises, this will need to be paid over and above the cost. A CoC guarantees that:
- Your property has been earthed and bonded correctly by a qualified electrician
- Your property’s electrical work will be in line with the necessary regulations
- All electrical circuits are operating correctly and efficiently.
- Your property is safe against any potential shocks or fires.
What is an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC)?
As specified in the Electrical Installations Occupational Health and Safety Act an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) is needed, this assures that the electrical work on the property complies with the South African National Standards.
Before a property can be transferred, it is the owners duty to supply a genuine Electrical Compliance Certificate in addition to an electrical fence certificate of compliance.
Any home with electrical components will be requested to have a CoC, these types of components will consist of the DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and even plugs.
Before providing a CoC electrical certificate, qualified electrical contractors must be registered with the Department Of Labour (D.O.L), this can be inspected by the E.C.A (Electrical Contractors Association or the Department of Labour.
See below what is Certified Electrician will perform during and Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC inspection
- Make certain there is no damage or deterioration
- Make certain the kind of wiring system is safe and in good condition
- Check that the premises are earthed and bonded properly.
- Make certain the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
- Make sure that switches, sockets and light fittings are working correctly.
- Make sure that the fuse box is fitted with a trip switch
- Make sure the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
For how many years is a COC Certificate valid for?
A CoC certificate does not stay valid permanently, as a homeowner of a house you can not supply the purchaser with the initial CoC certificate, you will need to make an application for a new CoC if yours is older than two years, if your CoC is not older than two years you will have to specify that no modifications have been made to the electric components of the house in the last three months. This helps to ensure that any modifications or additions that have been made to the electrical components of the house are in line with the required regulations.
Responsibility of The Electrician
As a certified electrician you will need to register for your CoC annually. Despite the electrical work carried out, every single electrician will need to register with the appropriate authority annually.
The Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and the Department of Labour needs to be contacted to evaluate the integrity of the electrician completing the electrical work once that has been completed you will then be given the electricians registration card as well as his accreditation certificate.
Duty of The Seller
When you sell your property it is your duty as a seller to ensure the property has a valid CoC, so you would need to set up an electrical inspection prior to the property may be registered in the buyer’s name. If any new electrical work has been done on the house you are required to get a new ECoC.
Costing of the Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
Electrical Compliance Certificate varies from R850, being dependent on the kind of premises like domestic, commercial and industrial properties will have various costs.
The quoted price will only cover the cost of the certificate, if there are any changes to be made to the electrical components of the premises this will need to be paid for over and above this cost. When all the electrical components of your home remain in line with the necessary regulations can the qualified electrician issues a CoC.
Will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still stand as soon as new electrical changes have been completed?
If there are any additions or alterations made to the electrical components of a property that already has a CoC, will need an extra CoC certificate for the additions or modification, both CoC’s must be always kept together.
How many hours will it take for a qualified electrician to evaluate and provide a Certificate of Compliance (CoC for the property?What is the estimated time for a qualified electrician to assess and provide a Certificate of Compliance (CoC for a property?
The estimation on evaluating the property could take around two to three hours, the size of the property will establish this.