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CERTIFICATES OF COMPLIANCE

ELECTRICAL COC

WHY DO YOU NEED IT AND HOW LONG IS IT VALID FOR?

In terms of 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 COC.

It is valid for a period of 2 years, unless electrical work had been conducted within this period, in which case a new certificate needs to be issued.

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THE ELECTRICAL COC COVERS:

The main distribution board and any sub-distribution boards.

Isolators – verification that isolators have been installed for fixed appliances such as stoves, hot water cylinders, gate and door motors, etc.

Wiringverification that wiring is in a safe condition and compatible with the circuit breakers in the distribution board.

BondingHWC pipes, TV antennae and satellite dishes, etc.

Socket outlets and light switches.

Earthingall metal parts of the installation need to be earthed.

Electrical COC’s do not cover fixed appliances such as Geysers & Stoves; Motors & Fans; Under floor heating; Pool motors.

(Please note that the wiring to fixed appliances is covered by the Certificate of Compliance.)

PLUMBING / WATER COC

WHY DO YOU NEED IT AND HOW LONG IS IT VALID FOR?

Water by-law 2010 – section 14(1) was issued by the City of Cape Town Water in by-law, that stipulates that before a property can be transferred, a Certificate of Compliance for the water installation needs to be issued, which came into effect on the 1st of March 2011.

This by-law only applies to properties which is where the City of Cape Town is the municipal authority. A new Certificate of Compliance will need to be issued every time the property is transferred. This certificate requires compliance with the City of Cape Town’s Water By-Law 2010, whereby hot water cylinders installed before 206 do not need a drip tray. It excludes waste water (sewerage, waste traps, etc and only includes damaged components if they result in a loss of portable water. It does not cover leaks on waste sewerage water or drainage, except for storm water discharging into the sewer.

What does the Certificate cover?

The Hot Water Cylinder installation complies with SANS 10252;

The water pipes in the plumbing installation (especially within the roof space);

The water meter records the flow when water is drawn and does not register when consumption stops;

The private isolating valve is in place and functioning; None of the terminal water fittings leak;

No storm water is discharged into the sewerage system;

There is no cross connection between the potable supply and any alternate supply.

GAS COC

WHY DO YOU NEED IT AND HOW LONG IS IT VALID FOR?

A Gas Certificate of Compliance must be issued in terms of Regulation 17(3) of the Pressure Equipment Regulations (OHS ACT of 1993), as amended on the 1st of October 2019 – when there is a change in property ownership. This came into effect on the 1st October 2009. Give 1Group a call today to assist you.

WHAT DOES THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE CERTIFY?

There are no gas leaks.

Emergency shut off valves have been installed in the correct positions.

The gas piping, regulator, valves and gas appliance are in a safe working condition and not corroded.

All other statutory regulations regarding Gas Compliancy.

BEETLE COC

WHY DO YOU NEED IT AND HOW LONG IS IT VALID FOR?

There is no law enforcing sellers to obtain a Beetle Free Certificate of Compliance, but most banks have a clause calling for it, prior to approving a home loan, the clause within the Deed of Sale generally reads:

“The seller shall arrange at his/her expense to have the accessible timbers on the property inspected by a qualified wood borer inspector who is a member of the South African Pest Control Association (S.A.P.C.A), for infestation by wood destroying insects and for the replacement and/or treatment of any timbers found to be infested, in accordance with the recommendations specified by the inspector.”

A LITTLE BEETLE HISTORY:

During the 1940’s to 1960’s termites were infesting properties on an epidemic scale and in some cases roof structures were on the verge of collapse. Banks and Building Societies – the main source of bond finance refused to advance money to a buyer unless the property to be mortgaged was declared beetle free. Suitably qualified people had to carry out the beetle inspections where infestations were identified, remedial measures were recommended to eradicate the infestations. It now became the seller’s obligation to deliver a Beetle Free Certificate.

Fortunately, the extensive use of pre-treated timber in newer properties and the practice of inspecting and treating beetle infestations when properties are sold has reduced the incidence of beetle infestation dramatically. Wood destroying insects will however never be fully eradicated. Maintaining this compliance certificate is the best measure to ensure that there is not a repeat of such an epidemic.