A valid CoC certificate is legally required if you are selling your property in order 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.
The Coc certificate costing will only cover the Coc certificate, and if there are any changes to be made to the electrical components of the premises this will have to be paid over and above the cost. A Coc certificate guarantees that:
- All electrical circuits are operating correctly and efficiently.
- Your property is safe against any potential shocks or fires.
- Your property has been earthed and bonded correctly by a certified electrician
- Your property’s electrical work will be in line with the required rules
An Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoc) is.
As stipulated 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.
The owner has the task of supplying a legal Electrical Compliance Certificate and an electrical fence certificate of compliance if there is an electric fence before the property can be transferred.
If your house has the following items: DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and plugs you will need a Coc Certificate.
Qualified electrical contractors ought to be certified with the Department Of Labour (D.O.L), before they can issue a CoC electrical certificate, this can be verified by the E.C.A (Electrical Contractors Association) or the Department of Labour.
The list below is what a Qualified Electrician will carry out during and Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) inspection
- Ensure the type of wiring system is safe and in good condition.
- Ensure that the fuse box is fitted with a trip switch
- Make sure that switches, sockets and light fittings are operating properly.
- Inspect that the premises are earthed and bonded correctly.
- Ensure that the switch box is labelled correctly and includes the correct warnings.
- Make certain there is no damage or wear and tear
- Ensure the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
How long is a COC Certificate valid for?
A Coc certificate is not valid forever, a home buyer can not give the home buyer the original CoC certificate, if it is more than two years old, and then if it is not older that two years you need to stipulate that no modifications have been made to the electrical components of the ht house in the last three months. The reason for this is to ensure that any modifications or additions that have been made to the electrical components of the house are still according to the required regulations.
As a licensed electrician you will need to register for your CoC each year. Irrespective of the electrical work carried out, every electrician will need to register with the relevant authority each and every year.
If an individual wishes to review the integrity of the electrician completing the electrical work they will need to contact the Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and the Department of Labour, they will then acquire the electricians registration card and also their accreditation certificate.
What is the home seller responsible for?
It is the responsibility of the homeowner to ensure the property has a legitimate CoC, well before the property may be registered in the buyer’s name they will need to set up an electrical inspection. If any new electrical work has been done on the house the seller must get a new ECoc.
Costing of the Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
The starting price for an Electrical Compliance Certificate can vary from R850, this cost will depend on the sort of premises as domestic, commercial and industrial properties will have various costs.
The quoted price will only cover the price of the certificate, if there are any changes to be made to the electrical components of the premises this will need to be paid over and above this cost. Once all the electrical components of your home are in line with the required regulations can the certified electrician issues a CoC.
Will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still stand once new electrical changes have been concluded?
Any alterations made to the electrical components on the property that currently has a CoC will need another CoC certificate for the additions or changes, thus always keeping them both together.
How long does it take a licensed electrician to evaluate and provide a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) for a property?
Depending on the size of the property this could take anywhere between two to three hours.