In order for the sale of a property to go through you officially require a Coc certificate for the transfer to go through.
The cost of a CoC certificate starts anywhere from R850, this price will depend on the type as well as the size of the premises.
R850.00 will pay for the cost of the certificate only, if there are any modifications to be made to the electrical components of the premises, this will need to be paid over and above the cost. A CoC ensures that:
- All electrical circuits are functioning professionally and efficiently.
- Your property is safe against any potential shocks or fires.
- Your property has been earthed and bonded professionally by a certified electrician
- Your property’s electrical work will be in line with the necessary regulations
An Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoc) is.
To ensure the electrical work on your property is in agreement with the South African National Standards as specified in the Electrical Installations Occupational Health and Safety Act an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) is a document that is needed.
Before a property may be transferred, it is the property owners responsibility to provide a valid Electrical Compliance Certificate as well as an electrical fence certificate of compliance.
If your house has the following items: DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and plugs you will need a Coc Certificate.
Qualified electrical contractors should be certified with the Department Of Labour (D.O.L), before they can issue a CoC electrical certificate, this may be verified by the E.C.A (Electrical Contractors Association) or the Department of Labour.
The list below is what a Certified Electrician will carry out during and Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) inspection
- Ensure there is no damage or wear and tear
- Ensure the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
- Ensure the kind of wiring system is safe and in good condition.
- Make sure that the fuse box is fitted with a trip switch
- Make sure that switches, sockets and light fittings are working properly.
- Check that the premises are earthed and bonded correctly.
- Make sure that the switch box is labelled correctly and includes the appropriate warnings.
For how long is a COC Certificate valid for?
A Coc certificate is not valid permanently, a buyer can not give the buyer 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 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 accordance with the needed regulations.
As a qualified electrician you will need to register for your CoC every year. Irrespective of the electrical work carried out, every electrician will need to register with the appropriate authority every single year.
The Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and the Department of Labour needs to be gotten in touch with to check the integrity of the electrician carrying out the electrical work when that has been done you will then be given the electricians registration card and also his accreditation certificate.
Duty of The Home seller
It is the responsibility of the seller to make sure the property has a valid CoC, prior to the property can be registered in the buyer’s name they will need to arrange an electrical assessment. If any new electrical work has been done on the house the homeowner must get a new ECoc.
What is the price of a Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
Electrical Compliance Certificate can cost you from R850.00 upwards, and this relies on the type of premises being inspected like domestic, commercial and industrial properties will have different costs.
The quoted fee will only cover the price of the certificate, if there are any adjustments 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 the house are in line with the necessary regulations can the qualified electrician issues a CoC.
Will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still be valid once new electrical alterations have been completed?
If the electrical components of the property have been altered you will need an additional CoC certificate this in turn needs to be kept with the original CoC.
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 estimated time for a licensed electrician to assess and provide a Certificate of Compliance (CoC for a property?
The size of the property will determine how long the assessment will take, this can be two to three hours.