In order for the sale of a property to go through you officially require a Coc certificate for the transfer to go through.
The Coc certificate could cost you from R850.00, this costing will depend on the size and type of premises.
R850.00 will pay for the cost of the certificate only, if there are any changes 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 professionally by a qualified electrician
- Your property’s electrical work will be in line with the required regulations
- All electrical circuits are operating professionally and efficiently.
- Your property is safe against any potential shocks or fires.
See below what an Electrical Compliance Certificate is (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 adhere to the South African National Standards.
Even before a property may be transferred, it is the homeowners responsibility to supply an authentic Electrical Compliance Certificate as well as an electrical fence certificate of compliance.
If your home has the following components: DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and plugs you will need a Coc Certificate.
Before an electrical contractor can issue a CoC certificate they have to be qualified and certified with the Department Of Labour (D.O.L), and this may be approved by the E.C.A (Electrical Contractors Association) or the Department of Labour.
A Certified Electrician will perform the following during an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) inspection
- Make certain that the fuse box is fitted with a trip switch
- Make sure that switches, sockets and light fittings are operating correctly.
- Check that the premises are earthed and bonded properly.
- Make certain that the switch box is labelled correctly and includes the appropriate warnings.
- Ensure there is no damage or wear and tear
- Make sure the type of wiring system is safe and in good condition.
- Ensure the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
Does a COC Certificate expire?
The initial CoC certificate is only valid for two years, the home seller will need to make an application for a new CoC certificate, if the Coc certificate is not older than two years you will have to state that no modifications have been made to the electrical components of the house in the last three months, this is to be sure that if there are any modifications or additions made to the electrical component of the house remain in line with the necessary regulations.
As an experienced electrician you will need to register for your CoC yearly. Irrespective of the electrical work carried out, each and every electrician will need to register with the appropriate authority each year.
To review the status of the electrician who is completing the electrical work you need to contact the Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and the Department of Labour, and you will acquire the electricians registration card and the accreditation certificate.
What is the homeowner responsible for?
When you sell your property it is your duty as a home seller to ensure the property has a valid CoC, so you would need to set up an electrical evaluation prior to the property can be registered in the buyer’s name. If any new electrical work has been done on the house you are requested to get a new ECoC.
Costing of the Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
Electrical Compliance Certificate can cost you from R850.00 upwards, and this relies on the sort of premises being evaluated like domestic, commercial and industrial properties will have various costs.
The cost of the certificate is only covered by the price stated, if there are any adjustments 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 the house are in line with the required regulations, then only will the certificate be awarded to the homeowner by the certified electrician.
Once new electrical changes have been concluded will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still stand?
If the electrical components of the property have been altered you will need an additional CoC certificate this in turn needs to be always kept with the initial CoC.
How long does it take a licensed electrician to assess and provide a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) for a property?
The size of the property will establish how long the inspection will take, this may be two to three hours.