Gas Compliance Certificates

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What is a Gas Certificate of Conformity (CoC)?

A Gas Certificate of Compliance is a document that certifies that gas appliances, installations, and fittings in a building are safe, up to standard and leak-free.
In order for a Gas CoC to be issued, the gas installation has to comply with the SABS Regulations for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) installations (SANS 10087–1, as amended).

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 regulation has been in effect since October 2009.


A Gas CoC certifies that your LPG appliance installation is compliant as per the South African National Standard (SANS), safe for use and training has been conducted on how to operate the system safely with the user. A CoC is also required for insurance purposes. FIND OUT MORE.



All built-in domestic and commercial gas appliances form part of a building’s gas installation. This includes, but is not limited to, the below mentioned built-in LPG appliances:

  • Gas fireplaces, braais/barbeques
  • Gas cooking appliances, i.e. stoves, ovens, deep fryers, etc.
  • Gas geysers or hot water systems.

Find out what dangers a non-compliant gas installation poses to property owners or tenants:

LPG gas appliance & installation safety distance requirements- Bugs&Sparks
Why Do You Need A Gas CoC?

To certify that your Gas appliance installation is compliant as per the South African National Standard (SANS), safe for use and that training has been provided to the user on how to operate the system safely.

  • A new Gas CoC is required for every transfer of a property where a gas installation is present.
  • A New Gas CoC is required each time alterations or maintenance is done on the LPG system.
  • A Gas CoC is also required for insurance purposes.
How Long Is The Gas CoC Valid For?

A Gas Certificate fo Conformity is valid for as long as there is no alteration done to the installation or change of ownership of the property, as per clause 17(3) of the Pressure Equipment Regulations.

LPGSA highly recommends annual maintenance inspections on your gas installation to maintain safety standards. A new certificate is issued each time a qualified gas installer does a new gas installation or maintenance on an existing gas installation.

What Is Covered By The Gas CoC?
  1. No gas leaks present in the property.
  2. No more than the maximum LPG allowed on premises:
    1. 9kg inside a flat
    2. 19kg inside a house
    3. 100kg outside a free-standing property
  3. Rubber components are no older than 5 years.
  4. Regulators are no older than 10 years.
  5. Use of correctly selected fittings
  6. No electrical connections present behind the hob and oven.
  7. Each LPG appliance is SABS approved and has an isolation valve
  8. The hose length does NOT;
    1. exceed 2m in lenght
    2. pass through a solid partition
  9. Cylinder is placed on a firm base (not on sand)
  10. Cylinder is located within the required safety distances;
    1. 1m away from a door, open window or boundary wall.
    2. 5m from an electrical point above the valve.
    3. 5m away from an electrical point below the valve.
    4. 2m from drains or air-conditioning inlets.
    5. 3m away from a window below.
    6. Gas geyser must be 1.4m above the ground surface and 1m away from the valve.
What Is NOT Covered By The Gas CoC?
  • The working condition of all built-in LPG appliances e.g. ovens, stoves, instant water heaters, fireplaces, space heaters, etc. (The appliances are checked to ensure they are SABS approved, but the working condition of appliances are not a prerequisite of the certificate of conformity)
  • Portable gas appliances don’t form part of the gas Certificate of Conformity (i.e. portable gas braais, stovetops, or gas heaters)
LPG Use & Installation Safety Tips

The LPGSA advises South Africans to consult registered professionals to assist with the correct installation and maintenance of their LPGas appliances and to ensure that legally filled cylinders are in use at all times.

Are you still unsure about how to safely and effectively use your LPG appliances? Get some tips on the safe and proper use of LPG appliances.

The Procedure and Cost of a Gas Certificate of Conformity (COC)


The price of a gas COC inspection is usually a fixed fee depending on which legitimate contractible company you appointed for the COC inspection/s.

At Bugs & Sparks we offer a very competitive inspection fee of R550, with further discounts applicable when multiple COC inspections are requested for the same property (i.e. Electrical, Beetle (WDO), Water, or Electric Fence).



Always ensure that a registered installer has completed your LPG installation and has issued a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) upon completion of the installation.

  • Complete our online inspection instruction form, and our back-office will make contact and arrange a convenient day & time for the inspection/s to take place.
  • A qualified and registered gas installer will come to your property in Cape Town to inspect your gas installation.
  • Bugs & Sparks will provide a digital inspection report, including pictures, that details all the inspector’s findings in accordance with 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 gas installation is found to be compliant with regulations we will issue your certificate at no additional cost to the inspection fee.
  • 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) agrees to the quote, our office will arrange a convenient time for the Gas Installer to carry out the necessary work, after which we will issue a new Gas certificate (COC)
  • OR, if you don’t accept our quote, you can choose to engage another qualified gas installer/company to perform the work and issue the COC. In this case, the inspection fee’s are still payable to Bugs & Sparks.

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