In order for the sale of a property to go through you legally require a Coc certificate for the transfer to go through.
The Coc certificate could cost you from R850.00, this costing will depend on the size and type of premises.
The electrical components of the premises will must be paid over and above the R850.00 that is the cost of the Coc certificate. By providing a Coc it assures that:
- Your property has been earthed and bonded professionally by a qualified electrician
- Your property's electrical work will be in line with the required rules
- All electrical circuits are operating correctly and efficiently.
- Your property is safe against any potential shocks or fires.
What is an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC)?
An Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) is a legal document that guarantees the electrical work on your property complies with the South African National Standards as stated in the Electrical Installations Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The owner has the responsibility of providing an authentic Electrical Compliance Certificate and an electrical fence certificate of compliance if there is an electric fence before the property may be transferred.
If your house has the following items: DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and plugs you will need a Coc Certificate.
Prior to issuing a CoC electrical certificate, certified 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 Qualified Electrician will perform during and Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC inspection
- Ensure there is no damage or deterioration
- Make certain 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 sure that switches, sockets and light fittings are operating correctly.
- Inspect that the premises are earthed and bonded correctly.
- Ensure that the switch box is labelled correctly and includes the appropriate warnings.
Does a COC Certificate expire?
You will need to request a new CoC if yours is older than two year, should the Coc not be older than two years you will need to specify that there has been no changes to the electrical components of the house in the last three months and are in line with the required regulations.
Certified electricians will have to register for CoC every single year. Despite all the electrical work conducted, every single electrician will need to register with the appropriate authority each and every year.
If you wish to check the status of the electrician completing the electrical work you will need to call the Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and the Department of Labour, you will then get the electricians registration card together with his accreditation certificate.
What is the homeowner responsible for?
Making certain the property has a valid CoC is the homeowners responsibility, the homeowner of the property will need to arrange an electrical inspection just before the property can be registered in the buyer's name. If new electrical work has been finalized on the house, the homeowner will be required to get a new ECoC.
The price of a Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
Electrical Compliance Certificate varies from R850, being dependent on the type of premises such as domestic, commercial and industrial properties will have various costs.
The above costing only covers the price 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.
Will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still be valid as soon as new electrical modifications have been completed?
Any modifications made to the electrical components on the property that already has a CoC will need another CoC certificate for the additions or changes, thus keeping them both together.
How long does it take a licensed electrician to assess and issue a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) for a property?
Depending on the size of the property this could take anywhere between two to three hours.