Every property owner or lessor MUST always be in possession of legal and valid Electrical COC Certificate of Compliance for the electrical installation. The Electrical Certificate of Compliance CoC must be in the format of Annexure 1. It should always be accompanied by a test report in the format approved by the Chief Inspector.

Who issues the COC Certificate of Compliance? Only qualified, registered electrical technicians can issue a CoC Certificate after inspecting & testing the electrical installation. If at any time prior to the issuing of a CoC certificate of compliance any fault or defect is detected in any part of the installation, the registered electrical technician has the legal right to refuse to issue such a certificate until that fault or defect has been rectified.


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  1. Whoever does the electrical installation must make sure that a valid CoC, electrical certificate of compliance is issued for that work.
  2. Nobody should connect or allow 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 coc certificate for that electrical installation has been issued.
  3. If there are any additions or alterations to an electrical installation for which a CoC  certificate was previously issued, the user or lessor of such electrical installation must obtain a certificate of compliance for at least the addition or alteration.
  4. Subject to the provisions of section 10(4) of the Act, the user or lessor may NOT allow a change of ownership if the electrical compliance COC is older than two years.
  5. The CoC Certificate of Compliance is required by all insurance companies.
  6. Technicians should ensure they are using the correct version of a CoC (Certificate Of Compliance)
  7. It is important for Sellers, Transfer Attorneys and Financial Institutions to ensure that the correct version of the Certificate of Compliance is issued by a Registered Person. There are still many electricians using the incorrect documentation which will render the Certificate of Compliance invalid.


Who needs an Electrical CoC Certificate of Compliance?

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When selling a property in Cape Town it is required, by law, to produce a valid electrical CoC compliance certificate to the deed of sales office. The compliance certificate should be produced by the rightful and legal owner of the property and should always be in possession of a valid electrical compliance certificate.

We often come across poor and faulty electrical installations which results in very expensive repair bills to bring the property up to compliance status again. These repairs are absolutely necessary in order to issue a valid and legal electrical compliance certificate in Cape Town.


Who needs a Plumbing CoC Certificate of Compliance?

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A plumbing clearance certificate is part of a process whereby a licensed plumbing technician/tradesman  will self-certify their plumbing work by issuing of a plumbing certificate of compliance to the relevant owner, municipality, local authority and/or insurance company. Through the process the licensed plumber shall take ownership for their plumbing work and be held accountable for the said works.

Plumbing Certificates of Compliance are issued by licensed plumbers to certify that their plumbing work complies with all regulatory installations requirements. A plumbing CoC certificate of compliance will be issued for most plumbing work, including: SANS 10254 – COC now Compulsory

  • Where the total value of work, including materials, labour and VAT, is more than R1500.00 (material costs must be included, regardless of whether the materials were supplied by another person)
  • The installation, relocation or replacement of any Electric Water Heating System, regardless of the cost
  • For every separate installation on a site.
  • The construction, installation or alteration of any above or below ground sanitary drain; regardless of the cost
  • The installation, relocation or replacement of any Hot Water Solar Water Heating System
  • The installation, relocation or replacement of any Heat Pump Water Heating System
  • A Plumbing certificate of compliance CoC  shall be issued to the relevant owner with five working days of the completion of the said plumbing works. Only a licensed plumber may purchase and issue compliance certificates.


Illegal Plumbing CoC Certificates

It is illegal for any person who works on plumbing installation if he/she is not a qualified plumber or not working under the adequate supervision of a qualified plumber. Registered persons under the category of qualified plumbers are qualified plumbers and may carry out plumbing works and may supervise non-qualified plumbers or plumbing learners, however they will not be allowed to purchase or issue Plumbing CoC Certificate of Compliance for plumbing installations.


Additional Compliance Info

Regulation 7(5) of the Electrical Installation Regulations (OHS ACT of 1993), a change of ownership cannot take place unless there is a valid electrical certificate of compliance.

The compliance certificate in Cape Town is only valid for 2 years. In order for a transfer of ownership to take place a new certificate of compliance will be required. This requires a new electrical compliance inspection to be carried out.

If any electrical modifications or repairs where carried out within the 2 years since the compliance certificate was issued, the original electrical certificate of compliance is null and void and a new compliance inspection needs to be arranged with a new COC compliance certificate issued.


Electrical COC Compliance Checks:

Below is a condensed list of just some of the items we inspect when carrying out our electrical compliance inspection.

  • Make sure all electrical connector blocks are present and in good working order
  • Fit earth bar & terminate all earths
  • Ensure all electrical cables are correctly routed through main
  • Check all electrical wiring and make sure they are neat
  • Check all labels on the Distribution Board
  • Inspect earth leakage protection
  • Make sure power is running to all light fittings
  • Check all isolators are fit where necessary
  • Ensure no open electrical wiring is present
  • All light fittings must be present and replaces if missing
  • Test power to all light fittings
  • Ensure all phases are correctly color coded on the DB
  • Make sure mains circuit is routed correctly
  • Replace any missing or faulty socket outlets
  • Check any loose light fittings and secure
  • Check any extractor fans and ensure isolator is fitted

NB: These are just a few of the items we check when carrying out an electrical CoC inspection. If any of the above listed items are non-compliant we cannot issue the CoC certificate before we rectify the faulty item.


Plumbing COC Compliance checks:

Below is an example of some of the checks we do

  • The existing Hot Water Geyser complies with SANS 10252 and SANS 10254
  • (excluding drip trays on geysers installed before 2006).
  • The water pipes are properly secured as per SANS 10252: Water meter records flow and stops when all taps are closed.
  • The private isolating valve as per subsection 23(2) (a) or (b) is in place and functioning.
  • Check all terminal water fittings for correct fixture and no leaks found.
  • Ensure no storm water is discharged into the sewerage system.
  • There is no cross connection between the potable supply and any alternate supply.

So if you require a CoC certificate of compliance or a certificate as a legal requirement – WE ARE YOUR GUYS!



What is a CoC certificate of compliance?
Simple answer: The CoC Certificate is a legal document issued by a qualified electrician, Plumber or beetle inspector that varifies your electrical, plumbing or beetle installation is legal and it complies with SANS and legistlation detailed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Beetle complies with regulations set out by the Department of Agriculture.

How long is the Electrical COC certificate of compliance valid for?
If you are the legal owner of the property you need to be in possession of a valid electrical, plumbing and beetle certificate.
The certificates are valid for 2 years provided no alterations and modifications have been done to the electrics and plumbing installations. Only when you sell the property will you need to provide an updated valid coc certificates of compliance again.   

Do you need an electrical certificate when selling a house?
Simple Answer: Yes. As the owner and seller of the property you will need a valid electrical, plumbing and beetle COC certificate when selling. The responsibility is on the owner to arrange the inspections and pay for the compliance repairs if any are detected to bring the property back up to compliant status again.

How to get certificate of compliance?
You contact a professional contractor or compliance inspection company who sends out an electrician, plumber and beetle inspector to carry out all 3 compliance inspections. If the property is deemed compliant, they will issue you with a valid Electrical COC. Plumbing COC and beetle COC certificate.