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A Summary of the New Electrical Fence Certificate

Sellers should be aware that there has been a new addition to the Electric, Gas, Water and Beatle Certificates when transferring a home.

Regulation 12 of the Electrical Machinery Regulations to the Occupational Health and Safety Act became effective as from 1 October 2012.


The regulation effectively stipulates that :


1. All users of electric fences must, as of 1 October 2012, be in possession of an ‘electric fence system certificate’.


2. The requirement in item 1 above does not apply to electric fences which already existed as at the 1st October 2012 but as soon as ownership changes of the property on which the fence is situated, the regulation will apply.


3. Once a certificate is issued it is valid forever and can be transferred by physical delivery from the existing owner of the property to subsequent owners.


In short, An Electrical Compliance Certificate has to be issued in respect of all electrical fence systems which are installed after the 1st October 2012 or in respect of which any modifications or alterations have been made to such electrical fence system after the 1st October 2012. In addition if there is a change of ownership which takes place after the 1st October 2012, such certificate must be issued.

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