Electrical Compliance Certificate

An Electrical Compliance Certificate

  • is a declaration of electrical safety which should be issued before an installation is put into service OR   produced to the buyer or lessee of an electrical installation prior to the installation being sold or used.

    • is not intended to be issued to confirm the completion of a contract• should not be withheld for contractual reasons, especially if the electrical installation has been made available for use.

    If an electrical contractor fails to give an appropriate certificate upon completion of electrical work, it should be insisted upon. The issuing of an appropriate certificate is a requirement for any work carried out in accordance with the appropriate South African National Standard for the safety of electrical installations and is required by law* (Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993). The certificate should be fully completed and signed BY AN REGISTERED PERSON WHO HIMSELF MUST PERSONALLY TEST AND INSPECT THE INSTALLATION.

The documents must be signed by a registered person and in general should be completed in full.

Home Buyers and Electrical Certificates of Compliance


A large number of home buyers are putting themselves and their new properties at risk by not asking for a VALID electrical COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE prior to occupation and are potentially facing huge electrical costs. Most buyers assume that a property survey by a financial institution or insurer covers the electrical installation, but in fact it doesn’t.

Many buyers consider surveys to be a formality rather than a vital investigation into whether a property is sound or not. With the average completion time for a house transfer being just nine weeks, it’s not surprising that some new homeowners are missing vital information on the state of the electrical installation in their new property.

Home buyers are entitled to a VALID electrical CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE and failing to ensure that this crucial part of the home sale process is concluded satisfactorily could mean thousands of Rand having to be spent on rectifying the installation at a later date.

According to Government and Insurer statistics, incidents of electrical fires and electrocutions are on the increase, a percentage of these are directly due to old, bad or unsafe wiring.

A large percentage of homes in South Africa are old which numerous alterations having been effected over the years, making it crucial for homeowners to check the condition of their electrics.