Prescribed by law – Occupational Health & Safety Act, specifically the Pressure Equipment Regulations.
In place since 1 October 2009.
Certificate of Conformity required in respect of the gas installation at the property.
The user shall ensure that appliances, components of the installation and the distributing system are inspected at regular intervals (not exceeding five years) to ensure that all components are still
operating effectively and that the system is leak free. All hoses used on outdoor installations shall
be replaced five years after the date of installation.
Parties CANNOT contract out of it – required in respect of all properties where there is a gas installation, whether the Owner lives there, rents out the property or whether it is vacant or stands empty for most of the year.
The law speaks of a Certificate being required after any installation, alteration, modification, or Change of Ownership of property.
The supplier of gas and gas equipment shall inform the user of his responsibilities in respect of safe operation, use and maintenance of the gas and equipment (see also the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993) for duties of the supplier).
Your offer to purchase specifically stipulates that it shall not have been issued more than 2 years prior to the date of acceptance of the offer. If any modification to the installation once issued, that Certificate would no longer be valid. Includes gas installations, such as gas fires, gas stoves, gas braais, hot water systems, etc.
As with the other Certificates, it is always better for the inspection and any remedial work to be carried out prior to the date of occupation by the Purchaser and even earlier due to Bank and bond requirements, as mentioned before.
Even if the gas installation existed prior to October 2009, the Certificate of Conformity is still required.
The incorrect repair (or adjustment) of the various components of an LPG installation can result in hazardous conditions. Only a registered installer or a registered appliance technician, as appropriate to the appliance being installed, shall therefore carry out such repair. This also includes the removal of appliances from a gas system.