We offer Plumbing Certificate of Compliance in the whole Cape Town and Surrounding Area.

Water Compliance Certificates

What is a Water Compliance Certificate?

A Water Compliance Certificate is needed to make sure that no clean water goes to waste. This certificate is required as a local by-law and only applies to properties sold where the City of Cape Town is the municipal authority. This came into effect in March 2011.

The City of Cape Town Water By-Law, Section 14(1), stipulates that before a property can be transferred, a Schedule 4 Certificate of Compliance for the water installation must be issued. The installation has to meet the by-laws as well as the SANS 10252 and SANS 10254 regulations.

How long is a Water Compliance Certificate valid for?
The certificate is valid for 6 months from date of issue, as per the City of Cape Town.

How it works:

1 A qualified and registered plumber will come to your property in Cape Town to do the inspection.
2 If the installation is compliant with regulations and by-laws we will issue your certificate at no additional cost to the inspection fee.
3 If the installation does not meet the regulations and by-law we will formulate a report and quote you on any necessary repairs.
4 If you accept the quotation we will arrange an appointment for the repairs to be done.
5 A Plumvac Plumbing and Leak Detection repair team will efficiently undertake the repairs.
6 Once the repairs have been completed we will issue your Water Compliance Certificate.

Water compliance certificate checklist:

Water and plumbing installation compliance checklist:
The hot water cylinder is plumbed correctly:
Pressure release valve (PRV) is of the correct value.
Vacuum breakers are correctly installed.
Emergency temperature pressure valve overflow is installed with the correctly sized and rated copper pipe.
All three geyser overflows are separately plumbed to the outside, and must safely discharge to the atmosphere.
None of the terminal water fittings leak and they are correctly fixed in position.
No storm water is discharged into the sewerage system.
The water meter registers when a tap is open and stops completely when no water is drawn.
There are no cross connections between the potable supply and any grey water or groundwater system which may be installed.
A drip tray installed if the geyser was installed after September 2006.
The water pipes in the plumbing installation are properly saddled and secured.

What isn’t covered by a Water and Plumbing Compliance Certificate?

Slow bath-water draining.
Low water pressure
Sink, toilet or basin waste-water leakage
Broken toilet or flusher handle
Blocked drains

WATER INSTALLATION COC

WHY IS A WATER INSTALLATION CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE REQUIRED WHEN SELLING A PROPERTY?

The City of Cape Town Water by-law 2010 – section 14(1), stipulates that before a property can be transferred, a Certificate of Compliance for the water installation needs to be issued. This came into effect on the 1 March 2011. It is a local by-law and only applies to properties sold where the City of Cape Town is the municipal authority.

A new Certificate of Compliance needs to be issued each time a property is transferred.

Does the Water Installation Certificate of Compliance cover all of the plumbing?

No, the Water Installation Certificate of Compliance IS NOT a plumbing certificate. It is limited to the by-law and is not as comprehensive as a plumbing certificate.

The table below highlights some of the differences between the Water installation certificate and a plumbing certificate of compliance.

WATER INSTALLATION COC  ✓ PLUMBING CERTIFICATE  ✗
Obtainable from City of Cape Town’s Website Obtainable from the Plumbing Industry Registration Board
Requires compliance with the City of Cape Town Water By-Law 2010. Hot water cylinders installed before 2006 do not need a drip tray The entire installation needs to comply with the regulations – Sans 10252 and Sans 10254
Excludes waste water (waste traps, sewerage system, etc.) Includes waste water – Waste traps, sewerage, etc.
Only includes damaged components if they result in a loss of potable water Includes all faulty plumbing components – cracked basins, toilet pans, waste traps etc.
Does not cover leaks on waste / sewerage water Covers leaks from waste water as well sewerage water
Does not cover drainage, with the exception of storm water discharging into the sewer Includes blocked or damaged drains, inspection bends etc.

What does the Water Installation Certificate of Compliance cover?

The parts of the installation that are covered are listed on the Certificate as follows:

The Hot Water Cylinder installation complies with SANS 10252 and SANS 10254 (excluding drip trays on geysers installed before 2006).
The water pipes in the plumbing installation (especially within the roof space) are properly saddled as per SANS 10252:

The water meter records the flow when water is drawn, and does not register when consumption stops.

The private isolating valve as per subsection 23(2) (a) or (b) is in place and functioning.

None of the terminal water fittings leak and they are correctly fixed in position.
No storm water is discharged into the sewerage system.
There is no cross connection between the potable supply and any alternate supply.
(To download a sample of the certificate from the City’s website click here):

The buyer’s expectation

Some buyers will assume that this Certificate of Compliance addresses all plumbing defects – especially buyers from other regions who are not familiar with the City of Cape Town By-Law.

However, our mandate is to inspect to the required standards only. This is to ensure compliance with the by-law, while incurring the minimal cost to the seller.

What does the Gas Certificate of Compliance cover?

The Gas Certificate of Compliance certifies that:

There are no gas leaks
Emergency shut off valves have been installed in the correct positions
The gas piping, regulator and valves and gas appliance are in a safe working condition and not corroded.
For gas cylinder/s installed on the exterior of a property:

Are at least 1 metre away from an airbrick, a door or a window.
Are at least 2 metres away from a drain.
Are at least 5 metres away from an electrical source of ignition, e.g. a motor, air-conditioner, distribution board etc.
Do not exceed the maximum volume of gas allowed on a property, which is 100kg.

Exterior installation
Cylinders Installed outside

For a gas cylinder installed in the interior of a property (usually inside a cupboard):

Is not situated directly below the hob.
That the cupboard is vented to prevent the accumulation of gas.
There are no electrical switches directly below the hob, or in the compartment where the cylinder is positioned.
There are no electrical switches within 200mm of the hob.

Potential stumbling blocks

There are restrictions relating to the volume of gas that may be stored on a property:

In an apartment above the ground floor, the maximum volume of gas allowed is 9 kg. This is of concern where there is a gas fireplace. A gas fireplace requires a cylinder of at least 19 kg in order to operate effectively. Reducing the size of the cylinder to 9 kg will result in performance issues and is therefore not a viable option. It would be preferable to decommission the fireplace. It is important that all parties are aware of this when signing an offer to purchase.
In a freestanding property, the maximum volume of gas that may be stored is 100kg, unless there are plans that have been approved by the Fire Department as well as Town Planning. If the seller has a copy of these plans, they can be handed to the gas inspector. This will prevent delays. If there are no approved plans, the volume of gas stored on the property must be reduced to a maximum of 100kg.

Helpful hints to save you costs

We recommend having the inspection done before a potential buyer is introduced to the property. This will enable the seller to make cost saving decisions timorously.

GAS COC

WHY IS A GAS CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE REQUIRED WHEN SELLING A PROPERTY?

In terms of Regulation 17(3) of the Pressure Equipment Regulations (OHS ACT of 1993), a Gas Certificate of Compliance must be issued when there is a change of ownership. This came into effect on the 1st October 2009.