A genuine CoC certificate is by law required if you are selling your property in order for the transfer to go through.
All depending on the size along with the kind of premises the CoC certificate starts anywhere from R850.00.
The Coc certificate costing will only cover the Coc certificate, and if there are any changes to be made to the electrical components of the premises this will will need to be paid over and above the cost. A Coc certificate assures that:
- All electrical circuits are operating correctly 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 required regulations
See below what an Electrical Compliance Certificate is (ECoC).
To guarantee the electrical work on your property is in accordance with the South African National Standards as stipulated in the Electrical Installations Occupational Health and Safety Act an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) is a document that is needed.
When selling off a property the owner has the responsibility of providing a genuine Electrical Compliance Certificate in addition to an electrical fence certificate of compliance in cases where there are electric fences before any property can be transferred.
A CoC certificate is needed for any home that has the following electrical items: DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and plugs.
Before issuing a CoC electrical certificate, certified electrical contractors must 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.
A Certified Electrician will carry out the following during an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) inspection
- Make sure the type of wiring system is safe and in good condition.
- Make sure that the fuse box is fitted with a trip switch
- Ensure 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 properly and includes the right warnings.
- Ensure there is no damage or wear and tear
- Make sure the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
For for how long is a COC Certificate valid for?
The initial CoC certificate is only valid for two years, the home seller will have to obtain a new CoC certificate, if the Coc certificate is not older than two years you will need to state that no changes have been made to the electrical components of the house in the last three months, this is to ensure that if there are any changes or additions made to the electrical component of the house remain in line with the necessary regulations.
Yearly an experienced electrician needs to register for CoC with the appropriate authorities, irrespective of the electrical work performed.
If you wish to check the status of the electrician executing the electrical work you would need to speak to the Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and the Department of Labour, you will then receive the electricians registration card along with his accreditation certificate.
Duty of The Seller
Making sure the property has a genuine CoC is the home sellers duty, the seller of the property will need to set up an electrical evaluation just before the property may be registered in the buyer’s name. If new electrical work has been completed on the house, the home seller will be requested to get a new ECoC.
The cost of a Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
Electrical Compliance Certificate could cost you from R850.00 upwards, and this depends upon the type of premises being evaluated like domestic, commercial and industrial properties will have different costs.
The above costing only covers the cost of the certificate, anything that needs to be changed concerning the electrical components of the premises will need to be paid for over and above this cost. When all the electrical components are all in line with the necessary regulations the qualified electrician will give the owner the CoC.
Will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still be valid as soon as new electrical changes have been completed?
Any addition or modification made to the electrical components of a property which currently has a CoC will need an additional CoC certificate for the addition or alteration, keeping both CoC’s all together.
How long does it take a certified electrician to assess and issue a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) for a property?
The size of the property will determine how long the assessment will take, this may be two to three hours.