As an owner of a property, you will by law need to present a genuine CoC certificate in order for the transfer to go through.
The Coc certificate costing all depends on the type as well as the size of the premises this may be anywhere from R850.00.
This cost will only cover the cost of the certificate and any changes that may need to be made to the electrical components of the premises will need to be paid for over and above this price. Having a CoC ensures that:
- Your property has been earthed and bonded correctly by a certified electrician
- Your property’s electrical work will be in line with the necessary regulations
- All electrical circuits are functioning correctly and efficiently.
- Your property is safe against any potential shocks or fires.
What is an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC)?
The Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) document is to assure 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.
The seller of a property has to supply a genuine Electrical Compliance Certificate and an electrical fence certificate of compliance, in cases where there are electric fences, before the property can be transferred.
If your home has the following components: DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and plugs you will need a Coc Certificate.
The certified Electrical contractors must be certified with the Department of Labour (D.O.L), before providing a CoC electrical certificate, it has to be certified by the E.C.A (Electrical Contractors Association or the Department of Labour.
A Certified Electrician will perform the following during an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) inspection
- Ensure there is no damage or deterioration
- Make sure the kind of wiring system is safe and in good condition
- Check that the premises are earthed and bonded correctly.
- Make certain the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
- Make sure that switches, sockets and light fittings are working correctly.
- Ensure that the fuse box is fitted with a trip switch
- Ensure the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
For for how long is a COC Certificate valid for?
The genuine CoC certificate is only valid for two years, the homeowner will have to make an application for a new CoC certificate, if the Coc certificate is not older than two years you will have to state that no modifications have been made to the electrical components of the house in the last three months, this is to be sure that if there are any changes or additions made to the electrical component of the house are in line with the needed regulations.
Trained electricians need to register for CoC each year. In Spite of all the electrical work carried out, every electrician will need to register with the appropriate authority each year.
If an individual will like to check the credibility of the electrician carrying out the electrical work they will need to get in touch with 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 homeowner responsible for?
When you sell your property it is your responsibility as a home seller to make sure the property has a valid CoC, so you would need to set up an electrical inspection before the property can be registered in the buyer’s name. If any new electrical work has been done on the house you are required to get a new ECoC.
Costing of the Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
The cost of the Electrical Compliance Certificate may range from R850. and this relies on the sort of premises whether 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 pertaining to the electrical components of the premises will need to be paid over and above this cost. When all the electrical components are all in line with the necessary regulations the qualified electrician will give the owner the CoC.
Will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still stand as soon as new electrical alterations have been concluded?
If there are any additions or changes made to the electrical components of a property that currently has a CoC, will need an additional CoC certificate for the additions or modification, both CoC’s must be kept all together.
How long does it take a qualified electrician to inspect and provide a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) for a property?
The evaluation could take between two or three hours depending upon the size of the property.