Also known as a certificate of conformity, a gas compliance certificate provides proof that the gas installation has been installed safely and according to standard, is in safe working condition and free from leaks or other potentially dangerous issues.
Regulation 17(3) of the Pressure Equipment Regulations, as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993, states that a Gas Certificate of Conformity must be issued when there is a transfer of ownership for a property. This came into effect in October 2009.
In order for a certificate to be issued, the gas installation has to comply with the SABS Regulations for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) installations (SANS 10087–1, as amended).
Gas installations include all fixed or built-in appliances such as:
What isn’t covered by a Gas Compliance Certificate?
All appliances e.g. ovens, stoves, instant water heaters, fireplaces, space heaters, etc.
All portable gas braais or gas heaters, which do not need a gas certificate of conformity.
With every new transfer of ownership of a property with gas installations, a new gas compliance certificate is required.
However, gas appliances and installations should undergo routine maintenance at least once a year, and with this, a new certificate should be issued.
The gas installation must meet certain requirements before it qualifies for a gas compliance certificate:
(Information obtained from The Gas Works – Gas Installations Cape Town email@example.com)