As an owner of a property, you will officially need to provide a genuine CoC certificate in order for the transfer to go through.
The cost of a CoC certificate starts anywhere from R850, this price will depend upon the type as well as the size of the premises.
The electrical components of the premises will will have to be paid over and above the R850.00 which is the cost of the Coc certificate. By having a Coc it ensures that:
- Your property has been earthed and bonded professionally by a qualified electrician
- Your property's electrical work will be in line with the necessary rules
- All electrical circuits are operating professionally and efficiently.
- Your property is safe against any potential shocks or fires.
What is an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC)?
As stipulated in the Electrical Installations Occupational Health and Safety Act an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) is needed, this ensures that the electrical work on the property adhere to the South African National Standards.
The owner has the task of providing a legal Electrical Compliance Certificate and an electrical fence certificate of compliance if there is an electric fence before the property may be transferred.
Any home with electrical components will be required to have a CoC, these particular items will include the DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and even plugs.
Before an electrical contractor can provide a CoC certificate they must be certified and registered with the Department Of Labour (D.O.L), and this may be verified 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 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 properly.
- Inspect that the premises are earthed and bonded correctly.
- Ensure that the switch box is labelled correctly and includes the appropriate warnings.
- Make certain there is no damage or deterioration
- Make certain the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
How long is a COC Certificate valid for?
A Coc certificate is not valid forever, a home buyer can not give the purchaser the original CoC certificate, if it is more than two years old, and then if it is not older that two years you need to specify 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 according to the required regulations.
What the Electrician is responsible for
As a trained electrician you will need to register for your CoC yearly. Regardless of the electrical work done, every single electrician will need to register with the relevant authority each year.
If an individual wants to evaluate the integrity of the electrician executing 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 get the electricians registration card along with their accreditation certificate.
What is the home seller obligated for?
It is the duty of the home seller to make certain the property has a genuine CoC, just before the property may be registered in the buyer's name they will need to set up an electrical assessment. If any new electrical work has been done on the house the home seller must get a new ECoc.
Costing of the Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
Electrical Compliance Certificate could cost you from R850.00 upwards, and this is dependent on the type of premises being evaluated like domestic, commercial and industrial properties will have various costs.
The above costing only covers the cost 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 price. When all the electrical components are all in line with the necessary regulations the qualified electrician will give the owner the CoC.
As soon as new electrical modifications have been concluded will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still stand?
If there are any additions or modifications made to the electrical components of a property that already has a CoC, will need an extra CoC certificate for the additions or modification, both CoC's must be always kept all together.
How many hours will it take for a certified electrician to inspect and provide a Certificate of Compliance (CoC for the property?What is the approximated time for a certified electrician to assess and provide a Certificate of Compliance (CoC for a property?
The estimation on assessing the property could take in between two to three hours, the size of the property will determine this.