Commercial Property Inspections

What Is A Commercial Property Inspection?

A commercial property inspection is the process of assessing the safety & working condition of the installations in a commercial property, such as an office building, or industrial facility, to determine its overall compliance with SANS regulations and to ensure the property meets the Occupational Health and Safety Act’s regulatory requirements.

It involves a thorough inspection of the commercial building’s gas installations, electrical system, plumbing, electric fence system, and structural timber to detect if there are any wood destroying organisms/insects present (beetle inspection). These compliance inspections for commercial properties do not involve pointing out maintenance related defects.

Commercial property inspections are required by law when a commercial property transfers ownership, and are a necessity for building insurance purposes.
Commercial property compliance inspection & certification


Domestic property inspections entail conducting thorough compliance inspections on residential properties such as houses and apartments, and the time frame involved in a domestic property inspection is typically around 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the size of the property.

Commercial property inspections are very similar to domestic compliance inspections, with the exception that the inspection fee is based on the time the certified inspectors need to spend on-site to do the various inspections, as opposed to the normal flat fee charged with domestic property inspections. Initially our certified inspectors need to go out to the commercial property to do an assessment, whereafter Bugs & Sparks will quote the client for the inspection/s based on the timeframe the inspectors require to effectively conduct the necessary inspections.

What Are Commercial Properties?

Commercial properties typically refer to buildings or land that are used for business purposes or generate income. They can be classified into different categories based on their intended use and features.

Office buildings are primarily used for office space, while retail spaces are used for businesses that sell products or services directly to consumers.

Industrial properties are used for manufacturing, distribution, or warehousing.

Smallholdings & farm properties are real estate properties that are primarily used for agricultural purposes. It typically includes a combination of land, crops, livestock, and farming equipment, and may also include residential structures for the farm workers and owners.

Hospitality properties are used for accommodations or food service.

Multi-family properties typically have multiple residential units and are owned and operated by a landlord.

Special purpose properties are designed for specific uses, such as medical clinics, educational institutions, or recreational facilities.

Understanding the different types of commercial properties is essential when buying, selling, or managing these properties, as each type has unique characteristics that require specific expertise and knowledge.

Reasons Why Regular Inspections Are Essential
  1. Ensures the property meets the relevant safety and regulatory standards set by the local authorities. This helps to protect the health and safety of the occupants of the property, as well as the general public.
  2. Regular inspections also help to identify any potential hazards or defects that may pose a risk to the property or its occupants, allowing for timely repairs and maintenance to be carried out.
  3. Regular property inspections can help to prevent costly damage and repairs in the long run. Property owners can avoid more significant problems that may require more extensive repairs or even the replacement of equipment or systems, by identifying and addressing maintenance issues early on.
  4. Regular property inspections can also help to maintain the value of the property. A property that is well-maintained and up-to-date with its compliance certifications is likely to be more attractive to potential buyers or tenants and may command a higher price or rent.

Overall, regular property inspections for compliance certification are an important part of property management and maintenance, and can help to ensure the safety, functionality, and value of a property.

The Compliance Certification Brochure
For more information on our commercial property inspections and compliance certifications, click on the relevant icon below:

Electrical COC

Water COC


Beetle (WDO) COC

Electric Fence System COC

How To Book Compliance Inspections For Commercial Property


Compliance inspection fees are usually fixed depending on which legitimate contractible company you appointed for the COC inspection/s. However, with commercial properties, the inspection fee is based on the size of the property and the timeframe the certified inspectors require to effectively conduct the necessary compliance inspections.

At Bugs & Sparks, we offer a very competitive inspection fee of R550/hour. Further discounts applicable when multiple COC inspections are requested for the same property (i.e. Beetle, Gas, Plumbing or Electric Fence).



Our company cannot issue COC’s based on the work of others as the certificate also serves as a guarantee on materials and workmanship.

Please note the inspection fee is a consultation fee, and not a certificate fee (although Bugs & Sparks does not charge an additional fee for the COC). The fees, therefore, remain payable irrespective of who ultimately issues the certificate.

  • Complete our online inspection instruction form, and our back office will make contact and arrange a convenient day & time for our certified inspectors to assess the property.
  • After the inspector/s assesses the commercial property, our office will provide the client with a quote for the necessary compliance inspections. The client needs to agree to the inspection quotation before the necessary inspections will be conducted.
  • A team of certified inspectors will come to your commercial property in Cape Town to inspect the property’s electrical, plumbing, gas, beetle (timber), and/or electric fence system installationsinstallation/s. 
  • Bugs & Sparks will provide a digital inspection report, including pictures, that details all the inspector’s findings in accordance with the OHS and relevant SANS regulations. At this point, we will also invoice the client for the inspection/s (unless the “payment on transfer” option was chosen).
  • If the installation is found to be compliant with regulations we will issue your certificate at no additional cost to the inspection fee.
  • Additionally, if remedial work is required to bring the installation up to code, Bugs & Sparks will then provide the client with a comprehensive quote for the necessary repairs to obtain COC compliance.
  • Once you (the client) agree to the quote, our office will arrange a convenient time for the qualified contractors to carry out the necessary remedial work, after which we will issue the certificates of compliance.
  • OR, if you don’t accept our quote, you can choose to engage another qualified contractor/company to perform the work and issue the COC. In this case, the inspection fees are still payable to Bugs & Sparks.

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