A Certificate of Compliance (COC) is a document that verifies that the electrical installations such as the plugs, lights, DB-board, geyser, and wiring in a home comply with the legislated requirements as detailed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The onus has been placed on the homeowner (seller) to ensure that a faulty or non-compliant electrical installation in his / her house does not pose a threat through fire or electrocution to any person, animal, or property. Without a valid COC, should an injury or incident occur, the homeowner could be held liable and the insurance on the house could be declared invalid.
The electrical certificate covers the permanent electrical installation which includes:
positioning of electrical equipment, e.g. light switches and plugs may not be within a certain distance of taps, shower, baths, etc.;
mains switch must be accessible and within a certain height from the floor in case of emergencies;
• all electrical equipment in the installation must be approved, SABS or other relevant approvals, and be of the correct type and rating for the application;