If you are selling off your property in order for the transfer to go through you would definitely need to have a CoC certificate, this is legal.
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 need to be paid over and above the R850.00 that is the cost of the Coc certificate. By providing a Coc it 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 rules
- All electrical circuits are operating professionally and efficiently.
- Your property is safe against any potential shocks or fires.
See below what an Electrical Compliance Certificate is (ECoC).
To assure the electrical work on your property is in agreement with the South African National Standards as stated in the Electrical Installations Occupational Health and Safety Act an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) is a document that is needed.
The seller of a property needs 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 house has the following components: DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and plugs you will need a Coc Certificate.
Before an electrical contractor can issue a CoC certificate they must be qualified and registered 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 deterioration
- Make sure the kind of wiring system is safe and in good condition
- Check that the premises are earthed and bonded properly.
- Make sure the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
- Make sure that switches, sockets and light fittings are working correctly.
- Make certain that the fuse box is fitted with a trip switch
- Make certain the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
For for how long is a COC Certificate valid for?
You will need to make an application for 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.
What the Electrician is responsible for
Experienced electricians have to register for CoC each year. Despite all the electrical work conducted, every single electrician will need to register with the appropriate authority each year.
To check the status of the electrician who is doing the electrical work you need to call the Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and the Department of Labour, and you will receive the electricians registration card and the accreditation certificate.
Responsibility of The Seller
When you sell your property it is your responsibility as a home seller to make sure the property has a legitimate CoC, so you would need to arrange an electrical inspection prior to 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 varies from R850, depending on the type of premises like domestic, commercial and industrial properties will have various costs.
The price of the certificate is only covered by the fee stated, if there are any changes to be made to the electrical components of the premises this will need to be paid over and above this price. Once all the electrical components of your house remain in line with the necessary regulations, then only will the certificate be awarded to the homeowner by the qualified electrician.
As soon as new electrical modifications have been completed will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still be valid?
Any alterations made to the electrical components on the property that currently 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?
The estimation on inspecting the property could take between two to three hours, the size of the property will establish this.