As an owner of a property, you will by law need to present a legitimate CoC certificate in order for the transfer to go through.
The cost of a CoC certificate starts anywhere from R850, this cost may depend upon the type as well as the size of the premises.
R850.00 will pay for 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 assures that:
- All electrical circuits are functioning professionally and efficiently.
- Your property is safe against any potential shocks or fires.
- Your property has been earthed and bonded professionally by a certified electrician
- Your property’s electrical work will be in line with the necessary regulations
An Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoc) is.
An Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) is a legal document that ensures the electrical work on your property adhere to the South African National Standards as stated in the Electrical Installations Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The homeowner has the task of supplying a valid Electrical Compliance Certificate and an electrical fence certificate of compliance if there is an electric fence before the property can be transferred.
Any house with electrical items will be requested to have a CoC, these particular items will consist of the DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and even plugs.
Before providing a CoC electrical certificate, qualified electrical contractors have to be registered with the Department Of Labour (D.O.L), this can be checked by the E.C.A (Electrical Contractors Association or the Department of Labour.
The list below is what a Certified Electrician will perform during and Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) inspection
- Ensure there is no damage or wear and tear
- Make sure the type of wiring system is safe and in good condition
- Inspect that the premises are earthed and bonded properly.
- Make sure the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
- Ensure that switches, sockets and light fittings are working properly.
- Ensure that the fuse box is fitted with a trip switch
- Make certain the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
For how long is a COC Certificate valid for?
The genuine CoC certificate is only valid for two years, the seller will have to apply for a new CoC certificate, if the Coc certificate is not older than two years you will need to state that no modifications have been made to the electrical components of the house in the last three months, this is to ensure that if there are any modifications or additions made to the electrical component of the house remain in line with the required regulations.
What the Electrician is responsible for
Each year a certified electrician needs to register for CoC with the appropriate authorities, despite the electrical work done.
If an individual wishes to review the integrity of the electrician executing the electrical work they will need to consult with the Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and the Department of Labour, they will then obtain the electricians registration card and also their accreditation certificate.
What is the responsibility of the Home seller?
It is the home sellers responsibility to make sure the property has as valid CoC as well as arranging an electrical evaluation prior to the property can be registered in the buyer’s name. Once the electrical work has been completed, the homeowner will be required to get a new ECoC.
What is the price of a Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
The starting cost for an Electrical Compliance Certificate can vary from R850, this price will depend upon the type 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 adjustments to be made to the electrical components of the premises this will need to be paid for over and above this cost. As soon as all the electrical components of the house remain in line with the necessary regulations can the licensed electrician issues a CoC.
Will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still stand once new electrical alterations have been completed?
Any addition or alteration made to the electrical components of a property which currently has a CoC will need a supplementary CoC certificate for the addition or change, keeping both CoC’s together.
How long does it take a certified electrician to assess and provide a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) for a property?
The estimation on inspecting the property could take in between two to three hours, the size of the property will establish this.