Electrical Certificate of Compliance
Every homeowner needs to have an electrical certificate of compliance (COC certificate) issued at his home in the event of the house being sold. This certificate ensures that the electrical wiring of the home is in good working order. This certificate can only be authorized and signed off by a qualified electrician with a wireman’s licence. The registration of the property onto the new owner’s name cannot be processed successfully without the certificate, and by law, is not allowed. It is also an option to submit this certificate to your insurance company. BHC Electrical comes to your home to do a complete inspection of the entire electrical installation on the house, after which a quotation to repair any faults to a standard will be given.
Other than the COC being proof that the electrical installation is safe, the law requires a homeowner to be in possession of an Electrical COC, as do insurance companies. If a property incurs any damage due to an electrical fault, the insurance company will require the owner to provide them with a valid electrical certificate. Failure to produce the document could result in the insurance company not paying the claim.
Electrical Installation Regulations (2009):
- Every user or lessor as the case may be shall have a valid Certificate of Compliance for the electrical installation he or she uses or leases
- The Certificate of Compliance shall be in the format of Annexure 1 and shall be accompanied by a test report in the format approved by the Chief Inspector. (Link to example)
- Only a Registered Person shall issue a Certificate of Compliance after he/she has inspected and tested the electrical installation and
- If at any time prior to the issuing of a certificate of compliance any fault or defect is detected in any part of the electrical installation, the registered person shall refuse to issue such certificate until that fault or defect has been rectified.
- Any person who undertakes to do electrical installation work shall ensure that a valid certificate of compliance is issued for that work.
- No person shall connect or permit the connection of any completed or partially completed electrical installation to the electricity supply unless it has been inspected and tested by a registered person and a certificate of compliance for that electrical installation has been issued.
- Where any addition or alteration has been effected to an electrical installation for which a certificate of compliance was previously issued, the user or lessor of such electrical installation shall obtain a certificate of compliance for at least the addition or alteration.
- Subject to the provisions of section 10(4) of the Act, the user or lessor may not allow a change of ownership if the certificate of compliance is older than two years.
- If an inspector, an Approved Inspection Authority (AIA) for electrical installations or supplier has carried out an inspection or test and has detected any fault or defect in any electrical installation, that inspector, approved inspection authority for electrical installations or supplier may require the user or lessor of that electrical installation to obtain a new certificate of compliance.
- If an inspector, an Approved Inspection Authority (AIA) for electrical installations or supplier has carried out an inspection or test and has detected any fault or defect in any electrical installation, that inspector, approved inspection authority for electrical installations or supplier may require the user or lessor.