Certificate of Compliance
Why is an Electrical Certificate of Compliance required when selling a property?
In terms of Regulation 7(5) of the Electrical Installation Regulations (OHS ACT of 1993), a change of ownership cannot take place unless there is a valid Electrical Certificate of Compliance.
How long is an Electrical Certificate of Compliance valid?
For the purpose of transfer of ownership, an Electrical Certificate of Compliance older than 2 years may not be used. If any electrical work was done after the certificate was issued, a new Electrical Certificate of Compliance will be required.
What does the Electrical Certificate of Compliance cover?
The Electrical Certificate of Compliance covers: (some examples)
- The Main Distribution Board and any Sub-Distribution Boards
- Socket outlets (Plugs) and light switches
- Wiring – is it in a safe condition and compatible with the circuit breakers in the distribution board
Circuit Breakers protect the conductors, is this the case.
- Isolators – have isolators been installed for fixed appliances such as stoves, hot water cylinders (HWC’s), gate and door motors, fans etc.
- Earthing – all metal parts of the installation need to be earthed.
- Bonding – HWC pipes, TV antennae and satellite dishes etc.
- Bathrooms have many regulations
- Swimming Pools, Ponds
- Underfloor Heating
- Garden Lights
- Voltages, insulation readings, earth loop impedance testing
What does the Electrical Certificate of Compliance not cover?
Electrical Certificate of Compliance does not cover fixed appliances such as:
- Geysers & Stoves
- Motors & Fans
- Under floor heating
- Pool motors
Please note: The wiring to the Isolator is covered by the Certificate of Compliance, not from the Isolator to the Appliance
Helpful hints to save you costs
- The best advice we can give is to have the inspection done early, before a potential buyer is introduced to the property. This may help you to make decisions that will reduce the costs of repairing any defects.
- Garden lights – the wiring to garden lighting is often done incorrectly and can be costly to rectify. These can be removed rather than re-instated.
- Extension leads – temporary leads are often installed for the owner’s benefit and can easily be removed.
- Additional exterior lighting – these are often non-compliant and can be removed rather than re-instated.
- TV antennae – may no longer be in use – remove. If the seller leaves it as a fixture it will need to be bonded.
- Decorative water features and ponds – as fixed appliances, these items require isolators. This is seldom done correctly and can be costly. The electrical supply to these features can be removed to save costs.
- Electrical installations to Wendy Houses – are often done illegally. Removing the supply can reduce the costs.
- Light bulbs – are consumables and are not covered by the Certificate of Compliance. However, it is good practice to ensure that all fused light bulbs are replaced before the inspection is done. This will reduce wastage of time during the inspection process.