A genuine CoC certificate is by law required if you are selling your property in order for the transfer to go through.
The price of a CoC certificate starts anywhere from R850, this cost may depend on the type as well as the size of the 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 will need to be paid over and above the cost. A Coc certificate assures 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 professionally by a qualified electrician
- Your property’s electrical work will be in line with the necessary regulations
What is an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC)?
The Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) document is to guarantee that the electrical work on the property is up to standard and adhere to the South African National Standards as specified in the Electrical Installations Occupational Health and Safety Act.
When selling off a property the homeowner has the responsibility of supplying a valid Electrical Compliance Certificate as well as an electrical fence certificate of compliance in cases where there are electric fences before any 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.
Before an electrical contractor can provide a CoC certificate they must be qualified and certified with the Department Of Labour (D.O.L), and this can be validated by the E.C.A (Electrical Contractors Association) or the Department of Labour.
See below what is Certified Electrician will perform during and Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC inspection
- Make certain there is no damage or deterioration
- Make certain the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
- Ensure the type of wiring system is safe and in good condition.
- Make sure that the fuse box is fitted with a trip switch
- Make certain that switches, sockets and light fittings are working properly.
- Inspect that the premises are earthed and bonded correctly.
- Make sure that the switch box is labelled correctly and includes the appropriate warnings.
How long is a COC Certificate valid for?
A Coc certificate is not valid forever, a purchaser 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 guarantee that any modifications or additions that have been made to the electrical components of the house are still in line with the needed regulations.
Responsibility of The Electrician
Qualified electricians must register for CoC yearly. Regardless of all the electrical work conducted, every electrician will need to register with the appropriate authority every year.
To evaluate the status of the electrician who is completing the electrical work you need to call the Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and the Department of Labour, and you will be given the electricians registration card and the accreditation certificate.
What is the duty of the Home seller?
When you sell your property it is your duty as a seller to make certain the property has a legitimate CoC, so you would need to set up an electrical inspection 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.
Costing of the Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
Electrical Compliance Certificate ranges from R850, being dependent on the sort of premises such as domestic, commercial and industrial properties will have different costs.
The quoted fee will only cover the cost 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. When all the electrical components of the house remain in line with the necessary regulations can the qualified electrician issues a CoC.
Will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still stand once new electrical changes have been completed?
Any alterations made to the electrical components on the property that already has a CoC will need another CoC certificate for the additions or changes, thus always keeping them both all together.
How long does it take a licensed electrician to assess and issue a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) for a property?
Basing on the size of the property this could take anywhere in between two to three hours.