A valid CoC certificate is by law required if you are selling your property in order for the transfer to go through.
The Coc certificate costing all depends on the type along with the size of the premises this can be anywhere from R850.00.
The electrical components of the premises will will need to be paid over and above the R850.00 that is the cost of the Coc certificate. By providing a Coc it 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 necessary regulations
- All electrical circuits are functioning 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 guarantees that the electrical work on the property complies with the South African National Standards.
The homeowner 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 home has the following items: DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and plugs you will need a Coc Certificate.
Qualified electrical contractors should be registered with the Department Of Labour (D.O.L), before they can provide 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 Certified Electrician will perform during and Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) inspection
- Make sure there is no damage or deterioration
- Make certain the type of wiring system is safe and in good condition
- Inspect that the premises are earthed and bonded correctly.
- Ensure the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
- Ensure that switches, sockets and light fittings are working correctly.
- Make certain that the fuse box is fitted with a trip switch
- Make certain the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
For how many years is a COC Certificate valid for?
You will need to request a new CoC if yours is older than two year, should the Coc not be older than two years you will need to specify that there has been no changes to the electrical components of the house in the last three months and remain in line with the required regulations.
Responsibility of The Electrician
Every single year a licensed electrician needs to register for CoC with the appropriate authorities, regardless of the electrical work done.
The Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and the Department of Labour needs to be called to evaluate the integrity of the electrician executing the electrical work as soon as that has been done you will then obtain the electricians registration card along with his accreditation certificate.
What is the seller responsible for?
When you sell your property it is your responsibility as a homeowner to ensure the property has a valid CoC, so you would need to set up an electrical assessment just before the property may 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.
The price of a Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
The cost of the Electrical Compliance Certificate can range from R850. and this relies on the type of premises whether domestic, commercial, and industrial properties will have various costs.
The above costing only covers the cost of the certificate, anything that needs to be altered regarding the electrical components of the premises will need to be paid for over and above this price. When all the electrical components are all in line with the necessary regulations the qualified electrician will give the owner the CoC.
Will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still stand once new electrical modifications have been concluded?
Any modifications made to the electrical components on the property that currently has a CoC will need another CoC certificate for the additions or alterations, thus always keeping them both all together.
How long does it take a qualified electrician to assess and provide a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) for a property?
The assessment could take around two or three hours basing on the size of the property.