FAQS - Electrical Fence Certificates of Compliance

Get a better understanding about the EFCOC and the process of obtaining it by reading through the below questions and answers.

Why must I cut back all the foliage and growth around the fence area?

  • It is advised that all plant material and other walls be kept at a 200 mm distance from the fence. This avoids unnecessary alarm alerts and possible damage to the fence. Plant material in particular drags power out of the fence due to its high moisture content.

Where is the best place to position the energiser to ensure compliance?

  • The energiser must be kept in a safe place and be tamper-proof, locked with a padlock and protected from the elements. Note that small insects like geckos are known to be eliminated on fences, which can cause the system to short as the form remains on the fence if not removed. They can also frequently get into the energiser units and can cause untold damage.

If my fence was installed before 2012 but upgraded thereafter do I require an Electric Fence Certificate of Compliance?

  • Yes.

If I purchased a property with electrical fencing after 2012 do I require an Electric Fence Certificate of Compliance?

  • Yes.

Am I required to have visible signs that I have an electric fence system installed?

  • Yes, and they must be visible from the driveway or pavement.

Why do I need lightning diverters in Cape Town?

  • The Department of Labour insists on one set of rules for the country. We are therefore obliged by law to install.

If I’m selling my apartment, do I need a certificate for the electric fence?

  • No, generally the fence is for the complex. This also applies to gated communities.

What is the maximum legal voltage allowed on electric fences?

  • 10,000 volts, but energisers are manufactured to produce to 9,000 volts which allows for spikes in the current.
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