In order for the sale of a property to go through you lawfully need a Coc certificate for the transfer to go through.
All depending upon the size as well as the type of premises the CoC certificate begins anywhere from R850.00.
The electrical components of the premises will need to be paid over and above the R850.00 which is the cost of the Coc certificate. By providing a Coc it assures that:
- Your property is safe against any potential shocks or fires.
- Your property has been earthed and bonded professionally by a certified electrician
- All electrical circuits are functioning professionally and efficiently.
- Your property’s electrical work will be in line with the required rules
See below what an Electrical Compliance Certificate is (ECoC).
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 complies with the South African National Standards.
When selling off a property the owner has the duty of supplying a legal 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 house with electrical items will have to have a CoC, this includes the following DBboard, swimming pools, geysers, plugs, wiring and lights.
Before issuing 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.
The following 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 properly.
- Make sure the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
- Make certain that switches, sockets and light fittings are working properly.
- Make certain that the fuse box is fitted with a trip switch
- Make certain the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
Does a COC Certificate expire?
A Coc certificate is not valid permanently, a home buyer can not give the home buyer the initial 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 in line with the necessary regulations.
Responsibility of The Electrician
Licensed electricians must register for CoC every single year. In spite of all the electrical work done, every electrician will need to register with the appropriate authority every year.
To review the status of the electrician who is completing the electrical work you need to contact the Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and the Department of Labour, and you will acquire the electricians registration card and the accreditation certificate.
The seller is obligated to:
It is the home sellers duty to make certain the property has as valid CoC as well as arranging an electrical evaluation well before the property may be registered in the buyer’s name. Once the electrical work has been completed, the seller will be required to 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 be dependent on the type of premises as domestic, commercial and industrial properties will have different costs.
The above costing only covers the cost of the certificate, anything that needs to be altered concerning the electrical components of the premises will need to be paid over and above this price. When all the electrical components are all in line with the required regulations the qualified electrician will give the owner the CoC.
Once new electrical changes have been completed will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still stand?
Any modifications made to the electrical components on the property that already has a CoC will need another CoC certificate for the additions or modifications, thus always keeping them both together.
How many hours will it take for a licensed electrician to inspect and provide a Certificate of Compliance (CoC for the property?What is the estimated time for a qualified 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.