Our standards and guidance cover all areas of surveying practice and embody best practice. They fall into the following categories: professional statements, practice statements, codes of practice, guidance notes and information papers.
RICS standards and professional guidance are available free of charge to all and you can download PDF versions of the publications below. Check the side-bar options to refine the listed items by topic or professional group, or search for specific guidance using the search box above. Some RICS professional guidance publications can be bought from the RICS Shop.
Members should note that when an allegation of professional negligence is made against a surveyor, the court is likely to take into account the contents of any relevant professional guidance published by RICS in deciding whether or not the surveyor has acted with reasonable competence.
Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
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23 Aug 2016
This RICS national association valuation standard covers the application of the Red Book in Portugal. It is provided in both English and Portuguese.
11 Aug 2015
This guidance note should be used as a source of reference for quantity surveyors (QS) or cost managers when BIM has been implemented in the life cycle of a project. It offers an awareness of BIM and provides readers with recommendations for good practice when producing measurement outputs.
01 Jul 2014
Hotels are among those types of property generally referred to as ‘trade related property’. They are normally bought and sold having regard to their trading potential. This information paper relates only to the valuation of an individual property (or properties) that is valued having regard to its trading potential, including properties valued on the basis that vacant possession is available as well as those to be valued as investments (i.e. without vacant possession).
12 Dec 2012
This global adaptation defines cash flow forecasting, before giving guidance on producing a useful forecast, explaining how to use it to assess progress on site, and analyse actual expenditure against forecast expenditure.
07 Feb 2012
Covering most types of real estate asset, this information paper discusses the use of comparable evidence in property valuation.
14 Mar 2017
RICS Rules of Conduct set an overarching obligation on both members and RICS regulated firms at all times to: ‘…act with integrity and avoid conflicts of interest and avoid any actions or situations that are inconsistent with its professional obligations.’
25 Jul 2013
This guidance provides a summary of the purpose and process of both cost analysis and construction project benchmarking.
04 Nov 2013
This guidance note draws valuers' attention to the need for particular care when undertaking valuation work on which various EU directives and regulations may impact.
23 Jul 2017
This standard has been written by a group of independent industry leaders. The International Construction Measurement Standards Coalition (ICMSC) is a growing group of more than 40 professional and not-for-profit organisations from around the world, working together to develop and implement international standards for benchmarking, measuring and reporting construction project cost.
07 Dec 2016
This standard has been written by a group of independent industry leaders and international ethics and compliance experts appointed by Trustees of the IES Coalition. Included in the group are prominent real estate representatives from Russia, China, France, the USA, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, Canada and the UK.
30 Nov 2016
This guidance is designed primarily to assist those who are appointed either by the President of RICS or directly by the parties to a dispute, to act as an independent expert to determine their dispute. It is also intended to assist the parties themselves and those acting for them by making them aware of the procedures likely to be followed.
22 Sep 2014
This guidance note highlights international high-level principles around how to implement and use BIM in the design, construction and operation of our built environment.
24 Nov 2014
IPMS for Office Buildings has been drafted by the independent Standards Setting Committee and establishes a consistent methodology for measuring office buildings around the world.
26 Sep 2016
IPMS for Residential Buildings has been drafted by the Independent Standards Setting Committee and establishes a consistent methodology for measuring residential buildings around the world.
23 Jan 2017
The International Valuation Standards 2017 forms the key guidance for valuation professionals globally and will underpin consistency, transparency and confidence in valuations.
18 Apr 2016
Focusing on the fundamental question of why projects fail, this guidance outlines some of the most commonly occurring reasons for failure and offers practical solutions in the context of applying the lessons learned.
06 Nov 2014
This guidance note is designed for use by land, engineering and measured building surveyors who are acting in an advisory capacity and by survey knowledgeable clients who specify their own surveys.
23 May 2014
The main aim of this guidance note is to provide a framework of practical guidance for quantity surveyors on how to calculate embodied carbon emissions associated with their projects.
17 Aug 2016
This professional statement applies to all RICS members involved with the sale, letting, leasing and management of real estate, whatever the form of tenure by which it is held or occupied.
13 Mar 2013
Provides best practice guidance for real estate managers so that clients receive objective advice consistent with internationally recognised standards.
12 Oct 2016
This professional statement applies to the management of both commercial and residential real estate.
01 Jun 2015
RICS Valuation – Professional Standards (the 'Red Book') January 2014 (published in November 2013). A correction was issued in December 2013.The RICS material included in the January 2014 edition took effect from 6 January 2014 and applies to all valuations where the valuation date is on or after that day.The UK and global portions are now issued separately.
19 Jun 2017
The new edition of the Red Book — the RICS Valuation, Global Standards 2017, takes effect from 1 July 2017, the same date as the IVS 2017 published earlier this year.
18 May 2015
RICS Property Measurement updates the RICS Code of Measuring Practice, 6th edition and incorporates International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS).
25 Jun 2014
Outlines best practice in the planning and deployment of the measures needed to deliver appropriate and effective security.
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