In order for the sale of a property to go through you legally require a Coc certificate for the transfer to go through.
The price of a CoC certificate starts anywhere from R850, this cost can depend on the type in addition to the size of the premises.
This cost will only cover the cost of the certificate and any changes that need to be made to the electrical components of the premises will need to be paid over and above this price. Providing a CoC guarantees that:
- All electrical circuits are functioning correctly and efficiently.
- Your property is safe against any potential shocks or fires.
- 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
An Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoc) is.
As specified in the Electrical Installations Occupational Health and Safety Act an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) is needed, this ensures that the electrical work on the property adhere to the South African National Standards.
The seller of a property has to provide a valid Electrical Compliance Certificate and an electrical fence certificate of compliance, in cases where there are electric fences, before the property can be transferred.
A CoC certificate is needed for any home that has the following electrical items: DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and plugs.
Prior to providing a CoC electrical certificate, qualified electrical contractors have to be certified with the Department Of Labour (D.O.L), this may be checked by the E.C.A (Electrical Contractors Association or the Department of Labour.
See below what is Certified Electrician will carry out during and Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC inspection
- Make sure there is no damage or deterioration
- Make sure the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
- Ensure the kind of wiring system is safe and in good condition.
- Make certain that the fuse box is fitted with a trip switch
- Make certain that switches, sockets and light fittings are operating properly.
- Check that the premises are earthed and bonded properly.
- Ensure that the switch box is labelled correctly and includes the appropriate warnings.
Does a COC Certificate expire?
A Coc certificate is not valid permanently, a 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 changes have been made to the electrical components of the ht house in the last three months. The reason for this is to guarantee that any changes or additions that have been made to the electrical components of the house are still according to the needed regulations.
What the Electrician is responsible for
As a certified electrician you will need to register for your CoC each year. Regardless of the electrical work carried out, each and every electrician will need to register with the appropriate authority each year.
If you would like to evaluate the status of the electrician carrying out the electrical work you would need to speak to the Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and the Department of Labour, you will then get the electricians registration card as well as his accreditation certificate.
What is the homeowner responsible for?
It is the responsibility of the homeowner to ensure the property has a legitimate CoC, before the property can be registered in the buyer’s name they will need to arrange an electrical evaluation. If any new electrical work has been done on the house the home seller must get a new ECoc.
Costing of the Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
Electrical Compliance Certificate can cost you from R850.00 upwards, and this is dependent on the type of premises being checked like domestic, commercial and industrial properties will have various costs.
This price will only cover the cost of the certificate and any adjustments that need to be made to the electrical components of the premises will need to be paid over and above this price. The CoC will only be awarded to the homeowner by the licensed electrician as soon as all the electrical components of your house remain in line with the required regulations.
Will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still stand as soon as new electrical modifications have been completed?
If there are any additions or modifications made to the electrical components of a property that currently has a CoC, will need an extra CoC certificate for the additions or modification, both CoC’s must be kept all together.
How many hours will it take for a qualified electrician to evaluate and issue a Certificate of Compliance (CoC for the property?What is the estimated time for a licensed electrician to inspect and provide a Certificate of Compliance (CoC for a property?
Depending upon the size of the property this could take anywhere between two to three hours.