Asking how much an Electrical Certificate of Compliance costs is kind of similar to asking, how long is a piece of string… well almost. Their is a long and short answer to this very very relevant question. There is the Electrical Certificate of Compliance inspection which has a cost attached, obviously because you are employing the services of a qualified electrician.
What does an Electrical Certificate of Compliance cost? The Cost will include 1 hour inspection labor, the electrical inspection report, plus the quote to rectify the faulty electrical or plumbing installation if compliance related issues are detected. Professional Electrician’s inspection rates can vary anywhere between R450 and R650 per hour. That can sometimes include or exclude the Electrical COC depending on the company business and pricing model.
There is good news. We have made the Electrical Certificate of Compliance inspection process all very affordable by rolling them all into one nice easy manageable bundle which only costs you a whopping R350. Ok, that is our special compliance rate, so always ask for any running specials on compliance inspections when you inquire. We have seasonal rates when the property market is slow and peak buyers season the compliance inspection rates differ slightly so check our website regularly for rate changes. Usually a single compliance inspection ranges between R350 and R450 each.
Check out our rates page for any seasonal specials running.
Risks of obtaining an Electrical Certificate of Compliance
So you’ve decided to sell your house and you got all the costing worked out and the buyer is happy and all you require now to seal the deal is the plumbing, beetle and electrical certificate of compliance or COC. You are really excited and surely the electrical plumbing and beetle compliance inspections should not take very long right, i mean i’ve taken tip-top care of my house for the last 20 years and made sure everything electrical & plumbing compliance-related as well as aesthetically was neat and in-order before we even advertised the house on the market. I made sure there is nothing obvious like open or exposed electrical wires, leaking taps, broken electrical switches etc.
All it takes is a simple call a compliance inspection company in cape town, make the booking for the electrician, plumber and beetle compliance inspectors to come out tomorrow and by the end of the day i should have my Plumbing Compliance , Beetle Certificate and Electrical Certificate right?
WRONG! Now here’s where the situation has the potential to get a bit complex. Why? Well, yes you might have done everything withing your ability to keep the house in good shape and i am sure from the outside looking in it looks pretty darn good. But the problem is that it’s not just a case of having a quick look around and signing off the certificate and off we go. Not always. Why not you ask? Read on!
Modifications, alterations or upgrades to the Electrical installation
So as per the Department of Labour, OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT, 1993
ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION REGULATIONS document regarding the the following under point 4 in the Occupational Health and Safety Act: Regulations: Electrical installation states the following:
(4) 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.
OK, so what does this mean in lamers terms? Well basically it means that you’ve done some sort of electrical alteration or modification to the original and existing electrical installation. You’ve installed some security lights, maybe you installed a fish pond, perhaps some backyard braai area lights, you might have installed a motorized gate, or you installed a beautiful pool which obviously includes an electrical pool pump. Now these are just a few examples of modifications and alterations to the existing electrical installation and is not limited to this list, which could potentially affect you obtaining your Electrical Certificate of Compliance certificate. So what now? Well you probably ran to the nearest hardware store, got some electrical cables. some lugs, conduit pipes, smart light fittings that was on special etc and did the job one Saturday afternoon. The problem is there are regulations around all of this and it is the job of the electrical compliance inspector or officer to ensure that all the modifications you’ve done was done correctly and as per the electrical compliance regulations. So yes it might look smart but it might not be 100% compliant or even legal so there might be some corrections needed to bring the property back up to compliant status again. Same goes for your pool pump, motorized gate, etc etc
The Electrical Compliance Chief Inspector
Again, as per the Department of Labour, OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT, 1993
ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION REGULATIONS document regarding the the following under point 7 in the Occupational Health and Safety Act: Regulations: Electrical installation states the following:
(7) If an inspector, an approved inspection authority 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:
Provided that if such fault or defect in the opinion of the inspector, approved inspection authority for electrical installations or supplier constitutes an immediate danger to persons, that inspector, approved inspection authority for electrical installations or supplier shall forthwith take steps to have the supply to the circuit in which the fault or defect was detected, disconnected:
Provided further that where such fault or defect is of such a nature that it may indicate negligence on the part of a registered person, the inspector, approved inspection authority for electrical installations or supplier shall forthwith report those circumstances in writing to the chief inspector.
Basically means that if the inspector considers your fancy Koi pool lights or plugs to be dangerous he can have it disconnected immediately and report you to the chief inspector if you do not comply. He can withhold that Electrical Certificate of Compliance certificate you are after.
Can get messy people, so watch out.
Illegal Electrical connections
8. (1) No person shall commence installation work which requires a new supply or an increase in electricity supply capacity unless the supplier has been notified thereof in the form of Annexure 4: Provided that the supplier may waive this requirement in respect of such types of work as it may specify.
(2) 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: Provided that the supplier may on request connect the supply to the electrical installation for the purpose of testing and the completion of the certificate of compliance by a registered person: Provided further that this sub-regulation shall not apply in a case where the electricity was disconnected for the non-payment of the electricity account or where there has been a change of tenant but not of ownership.
A fault or defect is detected in any part of the electrical installation
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: Provided that if such fault or defect in the opinion of the registered person constitutes an immediate danger to persons in a case where electricity
is already supplied, he or she shall forthwith take steps to disconnect the supply to the circuit in which the fault or defect was detected and notify the chief inspector thereof.
10. (1) Should a dispute arise over the interpretation of a health and safety standard referred to in regulation 5(1) between a user, a registered person, an electrical contractor, an approved inspection authority for electrical installations or a supplier, as the case may be, an affected person may appeal against that interpretation to the chief inspector.
(2) A person who refers a dispute referred to in sub-regulation (1) shall serve a notice of dispute, setting out fully the nature and grounds of the dispute, on both the chief inspector and the person whose interpretation he or she is disputing, by personally delivering the notice of dispute or sending it by registered post.
(3) The person whose interpretation is disputed shall within 14 working days of the date on which he or she received the notice of dispute, forward a notice setting out the reasons for his or her interpretation to the chief inspector.
(4) The chief inspector shall, after having considered the grounds and the cause of the dispute, confirm, set aside or vary the interpretation of the safety standard in question or substitute it for the interpretation, which in the opinion of the chief inspector, ought to have been given.
How much does an Electrical Certificate Cost?
Again, how much does an Electrical Certificate of Compliance cost? It can cost as little as R450 or it can cost a whole lot more. Depending what you’ve been doing on those Saturday afternoons for the last 20 years.
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