A genuine CoC certificate is legally needed 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 will depend upon the type as well as the size of the premises.
This cost will only cover the cost of the certificate and any changes that 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 guarantees 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 correctly and efficiently.
- Your property’s electrical work will be in line with the necessary rules
What is an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC)?
As stated 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 adhere to the South African National Standards.
The seller of a property needs to provide a legal 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 items: DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and plugs you will need a Coc Certificate.
Qualified electrical contractors ought to be certified with the Department Of Labour (D.O.L), before they can provide a CoC electrical certificate, this may be verified by the E.C.A (Electrical Contractors Association) or the Department of Labour.
See below what is Qualified Electrician will perform during and Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC inspection
- Make certain the kind 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 correctly.
- Inspect that the premises are earthed and bonded properly.
- Make sure that the switch box is labelled properly and includes the right warnings.
- Make sure there is no damage or wear and tear
- Make sure the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
How long is a COC Certificate valid for?
A Coc certificate is not valid permanently, a buyer can not give the buyer the genuine 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 changes 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 changes or additions that have been made to the electrical components of the house are still in line with the necessary regulations.
Qualified electricians need to register for CoC annually. Despite all the electrical work carried out, every electrician will need to register with the relevant authority yearly.
The Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and the Department of Labour needs to be contacted to review the credibility of the electrician completing the electrical work once that has been done you will then receive the electricians registration card together with his accreditation certificate.
Duty of The Homeowner
When you sell your property it is your responsibility as a home seller to ensure the property has a valid CoC, so you would need to set up an electrical evaluation before the property can 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 can cost you from R850.00 upwards, and this depends upon the sort of premises being checked like domestic, commercial and industrial properties will have different costs.
This price will only cover the cost of the certificate and any adjustments that need to be made to the electrical components of the premises will need to be paid over and above this price. The CoC will only be awarded to the home owner by the qualified electrician when all the electrical components of your house remain in line with the necessary regulations.
Once new electrical alterations have been concluded will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still stand?
If there are any additions or alterations made to the electrical components of a property that already has a CoC, will need an extra CoC certificate for the additions or change, both CoC’s must be kept all together.
How many hours will it take for a qualified electrician to assess 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?
The estimation on evaluating the property could take around two to three hours, the size of the property will establish this.