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 price 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. Having a CoC guarantees 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 correctly by a certified electrician
- Your property’s electrical work will be in line with the required regulations
An Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoc) is.
The Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) document is to assure that the electrical work on the property is up to standard and complies with the South African National Standards as stipulated in the Electrical Installations Occupational Health and Safety Act.
When selling a property the owner has the duty of providing an authentic Electrical Compliance Certificate as well as an electrical fence certificate of compliance in cases where there are electric fences before any property may be transferred.
Any home with electrical items will be required to have a CoC, these particular items will consist of the DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and even plugs.
Before an electrical contractor can issue a CoC certificate they need to be certified and certified with the Department Of Labour (D.O.L), and this can be approved by the E.C.A (Electrical Contractors Association) or the Department of Labour.
A Certified Electrician will carry out the following during an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) inspection
- Ensure there is no damage or wear and tear
- Make sure the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
- Ensure the kind of wiring system is safe and in good condition.
- Ensure that the fuse box is fitted with a trip switch
- Make certain that switches, sockets and light fittings are operating correctly.
- Check that the premises are earthed and bonded correctly.
- Make sure that the switch box is labelled correctly and includes the right warnings.
Does a COC Certificate expire?
The initial CoC certificate is only valid for two years, the seller will need to request a new CoC certificate, if the Coc certificate is not older than two years you will have to state that no changes have been made to the electrical components of the house in the last three months, this is to make sure that if there are any changes or additions made to the electrical component of the house remain in line with the needed regulations.
What the Electrician is responsible for
Licensed electricians will have to register for CoC each year. Regardless of all the electrical work performed, each and every electrician will need to register with the relevant authority each year.
If an individual needs to evaluate the credibility of the electrician executing the electrical work they will need to call the Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and the Department of Labour, they will then be given the electricians registration card and also their accreditation certificate.
What is the seller responsible for?
It is the responsibility of the home seller to ensure the property has a legitimate CoC, just before the property may 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 homeowner must get a new ECoc.
Costing of the Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
The starting cost for an Electrical Compliance Certificate can range from R850, this cost will depend on the kind of premises as domestic, commercial and industrial properties will have various costs.
The quoted fee 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 your house remain in line with the required regulations can the qualified electrician issues a CoC.
Will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still stand once new electrical changes have been concluded?
If the electrical components of the property have been modified you will need an additional CoC certificate this in turn needs to be always kept with the first CoC.
How long does it take a licensed electrician to inspect and provide a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) for a property?
The estimation on assessing the property could take in between two to three hours, the size of the property will establish this.