City of Cape Town – Water Department
Water By-law 2006 – Amended 27 October 2010 C10/10/10 Section 14(2)
Promulgated 18 February 2011 – PG6847, LA22920

When selling a property within the Cape metro a Water Certificate of Compliance will be required for transfer purposes (COC). The water installation of a property is required to be inspected and tested by a Qualified Plumber to determine whether it conforms to the national Building Regulations and the current water-by-laws. All QC Inspectors are registered with the City of Cape Town Water Dept. ensuring that our inspection adheres strictly to the code of practice.

What is Inspected:
The hot water cylinder installation is in accordance with SANS 10252 and 10254, the Council water meter, terminal water fittings, stormwater discharging into the sewerage system, no cross connection between potable supply and any grey /groundwater system, a private isolating valve is installed for free standing properties, visible water pipes are saddled correctly and no fresh water is running to waste.

What is Excluded:
Water pressure, blocked drains, waterproofing, heating elements and thermostats to hot water cylinders, leaking of used water (grey water) i.e. underneath basins, bath traps and toilet outlet connectors etc, boreholes, wellpoints, pools and drainage fall out of the scope of work required for the purpose of issuing a water compliance certificate for transfer.  Important note:  Cape Town is the only Province in South Africa where a water certificate of compliance is required for transfer purposes.  This law was promulgated in 2011 for the sole purpose of preventing fresh water running to waste and stormwater incursions, it is not a plumbing installation certificate and does not cover the plumbing installation at a property.

Our Inspection fee:
Standard Home – Cash price R360.00 including vat. (payable on the day).
If settled thereafter, or on transfer – R400.00 including vat.
Commercial Buildings to be quoted on.

Fault reporting: 

Should any compliance faults be noted, a full report/quotation will be forwarded to the Seller for his/her approval. The Seller will be required to accept this quotation in writing.

Issuing of Certificates of Compliance (COC):
On completion of our inspection, where no faults have been recorded, our COC will be issued immediately upon receipt of payment. Alternatively, once all faults have been attended to, and the property deemed compliant, our COC will be issued once payment has been settled in full.

Payment may be settled in cash or via electronic funds transfer (EFT) on the day of service, this entitles the Seller to our cash discounted fee, as indicated above. Alternatively, payment may be settled on transfer of the property, a written instruction will be requested from your Transferring Attorney in respect of the amount/s due, once in hand, the COC will be issued immediately.