DOSS offers Electrical Certificate of Compliance

Electrical Compliance Certificate

What is an Electrical Compliance Certificate or Electrical COC?

An Electrical Certificate of Compliance (COC) is a document verifying that all electrical installations made to a property from the point of supply to the control point comply with all legal requirements as stipulated in the Occupational Health and Safety act.

As an owner, you need to ensure that your electrical installation is safe and adheres to the current code of practices or Installation date.

In terms of the Occupational Health and Safety ACT of 1993 (Act 85 of 1993), a change of ownership cannot happen unless you have a valid Electrical Certificate of Compliance.

You receive the certificate if your electrical installations comply with SANS 10142-1 Regulation.

How long is an Electrical Compliance Certificate valid for?

  • An electrical certificate of compliance (COC) is valid for two years from the date of issue, provided that no regulation or other changes have been made to your electrical installation after your certificate was issued.
  • In the event of changes made, a registered electrician will have to issue a supplementary certificate for the alterations, extensions or maintenance undertaken.
  • We recommend you get a new certificate for every building transfer.

How the process works:

  1. A qualified and registered electrician will come to your property to do the inspection.
  2. If the electrical installation is compliant, we will issue your certificate at no additional cost to the inspection fee.
  3. If the installation does not meet the regulation, we will formulate a report and we will quote you on the necessary repairs required.
  4. Once you accept the quotation, we will arrange an appointment for the repairs to be done.
  5. A DOSS Compliance electrical repair team will efficiently undertake the repairs.
  6. Once the repairs have been completed, we will issue your Electrical Compliance Certificate.

Electrical installation compliance checklist:

The distribution boards

  • Are the distribution boards correctly labelled?
  • Have the correct sized links been used?
  • Are the earth leakage and other switchgear in working order?
  • Do all breakers have visible ratings and correctly rated to the conductors they protect?


  • Has an accessible isolating switch, within 1.5m from the appliance.
  • Water pipes are earthed and bonded correctly.
  • The cover is secure and supply cable is glanded.


  • The stove is cabled up correctly.
  • The stove has an accessible isolator within 1.5m from the appliance.

Satellite and TV antenna

  • The satellite and TV antenna are earthed and bonded.

Socket outlets, switches and light fittings

  • All socket outlets, switches and light fittings are secured and earthed.
  • Socket outlets are in working order and have shutters.
  • Light fittings are rated correctly for their specific area.

Fixed appliances

The following appliances must be fitted with an isolator within 1.5m of the appliance:

Geyser, gate motor, garage door motor, extractor fans, ceiling fans, air-conditioner units, water feature, any pump, under floor heating and heated towel rails.


  • All conductive parts of the installation must be bonded, earthed and the same electrical potential as the supply authority earthing.
  • The correct cable size and colour has been selected for the various applications.
  • There are no exposed red and black live conductors.
  • No open joints or broken conduit.

What is not covered by an Electrical Certificate of Compliance?

  • Light bulbs.
  • All Appliances i.e. stove, garage door motor, gate motor, pool pump, etc.
  • Telephone and internet conductors and alarm systems.
  • Note: PV installations, generator set, inverter and UPS installations should be certified from the installer of the various systems.

Other Services include the following

  • Water COC
  • Beetle COC
  • Gas COC
  • Electric Fence COC


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