In order for the sale of a property to go through you lawfully require a Coc certificate for the transfer to go through.
The Coc certificate could cost you from R850.00, this costing will be dependent on the size and type of 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 guarantees that:
- Your property has been earthed and bonded correctly by a qualified electrician
- Your property’s electrical work will be in line with the required regulations
- All electrical circuits are operating correctly and efficiently.
- Your property is safe against any potential shocks or fires.
An Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoc) is.
The Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) document is to ensure that the electrical work on the property meets standard and complies with the South African National Standards as specified in the Electrical Installations Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The homeowner has the responsibility of supplying an authentic Electrical Compliance Certificate and an electrical fence certificate of compliance if there is an electric fence before the property may be transferred.
A CoC certificate is needed for any home that has the following electrical components: DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and plugs.
Before providing a CoC electrical certificate, qualified electrical contractors have to be certified with the Department Of Labour (D.O.L), this can be checked 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 the kind of wiring system is safe and in good condition.
- Ensure that the fuse box is fitted with a trip switch
- Make sure that switches, sockets and light fittings are working correctly.
- Inspect that the premises are earthed and bonded correctly.
- Make certain that the switch box is labelled correctly and includes the appropriate warnings.
- Ensure there is no damage or deterioration
- Make sure the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
For how many years is a COC Certificate valid for?
A CoC certificate does not stay valid forever, as a homeowner of a house you can not provide the purchaser with the initial CoC certificate, you will need to obtain a new CoC if yours is older than two years, if your CoC is not older than two years you will have to stipulate that no modifications have been made to the electric components of the house in the last three months. This helps to guarantee that any modifications or additions that have been made to the electrical components of the house are in line with the needed regulations.
What the Electrician is responsible for
As a licensed electrician you will need to register for your CoC yearly. Despite the electrical work carried out, every electrician will need to register with the relevant authority yearly.
If you would like to review the status of the electrician carrying out the electrical work you would need to contact 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.
The seller is responsible to:
It is the responsibility of the homeowner to make certain the property has a genuine CoC, before the property may be registered in the buyer’s name they will need to set up an electrical inspection. If any new electrical work has been done on the house the home seller must get a new ECoc.
What is the cost of a Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
The starting price for an Electrical Compliance Certificate can vary from R850, this cost will rely on the kind of premises as domestic, commercial and industrial properties will have different costs.
The above costing only covers the price of the certificate, anything that needs to be altered relating to the electrical components of the premises will need to be paid for over and above this cost. When all the electrical components are all in line with the required regulations the qualified electrician will give the owner the CoC.
Will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still stand as soon as new electrical modifications 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 kept with the initial CoC.
How long does it take a licensed electrician to assess and provide a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) for a property?
Depending on the size of the property this could take anywhere around two to three hours.