Certificate of Compliance

Extract from Notice R2920 (Government Gazette October 1994)

VISUAL INSPECTION

SATISFACTORY

 

Do all the components of the installation conform to the applicable standards or have they been authorised?      
Have all the components been correctly selected, installed and suitably rated?      
Have any components visible damage?      
Have fire barriers been erected or have other precautions been taken against the spread of fire or the harmful effects of heat?      
Are the conductors of the correct current carrying capacity?      
Are the protective devices of the correct size and capable of withstanding the prospective fault level?      
Are disconnecting devices to electrical equipment correctly located?      
Are different circuits separated electrically?      
Are the connections of all the conductors, including earthing and bonding, mechanically sound and electrically continuous?      
Have circuits, fuses, switches, terminals, earth leakage devices, circuit breakers, etc been permanently marked or labeled?      
Have the loads been evenly distributed across the three phases in a 3-phase system?      
Does the installation comply with the requirements of the Machinery and Occupational Safety Act, 1983 and SABS 0142 code?      

 

TEST CARRIED OUT AND INSTRUMENT USED

VALUE (i.e. reading)

 

Continuity and resistance of earth conductor including all bonding conductors.
Instrument used ……………………………………..
 
Continuity of ring circuit.
Instrument used ……………………………………..
 
Earth electrode resistance.
Instrument used ……………………………………..
 
Insulation resistance.
Instrument used ……………………………………..
 
Polarity.
Instrument used ……………………………………..
 
Earth loop impedance test.
Instrument used ……………………………………..
 
On load current readings on the 3 phases, red, white, blue.
Instrument used ……………………………………..
R……………..
W…………….
B……………..
Phase to phase neutral voltage reading on the longest circuits from the distribution board.
Instrument used ……………………………………..
 
Operation of the earth-leakage protection devices and circuit-breakers.
Instrument used ……………………………………..
 

 

Plumbing Compliance Certificate?

What should be on a Plumbing Compliance Certificate?
Your compliance certificate should include:

The licensed plumber’s name and licence number
The site address, including postcode
Date of completion of the work
The numeric code for each category of plumbing work undertaken should be circled
The numeric code for each category of plumbing work not undertaken should be crossed out
Details of appliances and fixtures installed and if relevant the serial codes.
Any clarification regarding the limit of work done should be written in the space provided (eg If a job started by a licenced plumber has been completed by another, it should be noted)
The licensed plumbers signature and the date signed, together with a statement that (either):
They did the work, or it was done under their mentorship/supervision
They were inspecting and testing the work of another registered plumbing

Occupation Certificates – who needs them?

An Occupation Certificate is compulsory for every building before occupation, as required by the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act (1977). This is to show that all requirements have been met and to safeguard the owner.

The Occupational Certificate specifies the type of building – freestanding, terraced, cluster complex, town house complex, apartment or commercial building. The Certificate is required before water and electricity deposits can be accepted for newly built properties.

It is against the law to sell a property without 1) a full set of approved plans / planning permission from Council, 2) Occupation Certificate. An illegal / un-inspected building is not insured, this could lead to substantial losses in the event of fire / flood etc. After a month’s grace to submit building plans – property owners can be fined up to R1000 a day for not complying with the Act.

In order to get an Occupation Certificate from Council you will need:-

1.) Approved Building plans from the Municipality, plus any documentation from Town Planning regarding rezoning, building line relaxation, consent etc. etc. and if necessary an approved Site Development Plan (SDP).
2.) Completion Certificate from a registered structural / civil Engineer – this is for the Foundations, Concrete Slabs, Staircases, Wooden / Suspended floors, Steel work, Roofs, freestanding Walls over 2.1m high, swimming pools and all structures built without prior planning permission.
3.) ITC Certificate (Roof Truss) – your truss supplier / installer should provide you with certification, alternatively consult your engineer.
4.) IOPSA Certificate of Compliance (Institute of Plumbing South Africa) – this is required for all plumbing / drainage / sewerage work. It can only be issued by a registered plumber – for more information go to www.iopsa.co.za
5.) Glazing Certificate – your glazier will supply you with Certification.
6.) Electrical Certificate of Compliance – this can only be issued by a registered Electrician.
7.) Fire Certificate – this is required for all public buildings and buildings using flammable materials e.g. wood or thatch roofs.

To avoid delays / additional Engineering fees etc. at the end of your building project – it is best to contact the Building Inspector prior to starting your build. The Building Inspector will want to conduct the following inspections:-

1.) Trench / Foundation Inspection – prior to concrete being poured.
2.) Wall / Structure Inspections – at floor level, lintel height and roof level.
3.) Drain Inspection – before connection to the municipal water / sewerage system and prior to infilling.
4.) Concrete Slab inspection (if applicable) – before concrete poured.
5.) Roof Inspection

Your local Municipality, Builder or Architect will provide you with your Building Inspectors contact details. It is best to call for appointments etc. before 10am whilst they are still in the office.

Once you have got your Occupation Certificate you will need to lodge copies with your bank (if the property is mortgaged) and your home / property insurance provider. This will save a lot of time in the event of a fire / flood etc.