We’ve all heard about electrical clearance certificates and how they are important documents that play a vital role in the buying, selling and altering of properties. But what exactly are they, and are they really that important? We take a closer look at some of the most frequently asked questions about electrical clearance certificates and provide you the latest, most up to date answers:

Q: What are electrical clearance certificates?

A: Also known as an electrical certificate of compliance (or ECOC), this certificate is a legal document that is issued to confirm that the power installation of the property in question complies with the legal requirements that are set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act of South Africa as on the inspection date noted on the document.

Q: What is the purpose of this certificate?

A: Electricity can pose a number of dangers to users, including fire hazards and other life threatening risks. This certificate aims to ensure that a property is fit and safe for use.

Q: What does the inspection cover?

A: In short, the inspection ensures the safety of inhabitants when using the power facilities of a property. This includes checking that all circuits are working as they should, that there are no risks of electrical shocks or fire hazards, that the property is correctly earthed, and that there is no defective electrical work present.

Q: Who can issue this certificate?

A: A valid certificate can only be issued by a qualified electrician who is registered with the Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa (E.C.B) and who has performed a thorough inspection of the property.

Q: When do you need electrical clearance certificates?

A: The Occupational Health and Safety Act states that it is illegal to market, sell or let any unsafe power installation. You thus need a certificate of compliance before you can put a property on the market or let it out. It is often also required before contractors will work on alterations of a building.

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