The RICS Home Surveys Copyright Licence Scheme permits members of RICS to reproduce specified RICS Home Surveys Reports.

  • RICS Condition Report
  • RICS HomeBuyer Report, or RICS HomeBuyer Report (Scotland)
    - Survey
    - Survey and Valuation
  • RICS Building Survey
  • Description of the RICS Condition Report Service with Standard terms of engagement
  • Description of the RICS HomeBuyer (Survey) Service with Standard terms of engagement (and Scotland), or Description of the RICS HomeBuyer (Survey and Valuation) Service with Standard terms of engagement
  • Description of RICS Building Survey Service with Standard terms of engagement
  • RICS Home Surveys Information Sheet
  • RICS What to do now
  • RICS Leasehold properties advice
  • RICS Maintenance tips.

The Copyright Licence Scheme is administered by RICS. In addition to the core materials, members of the Copyright Licence Scheme have access to:

The Copyright Licence Scheme is administered by RICS. In addition to the core materials, members of the Copyright Licence Scheme have access to:

  • RICS Condition Report Professional statement with guidance for inspecting and writing the report
  • RICS HomeBuyer Report  (Survey) Professional statement with guidance for inspecting and writing the report
  • RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey and Valuation) Professional statement (1st edition) and RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey and Valuation) Professional statement Professional statement (Scotland) with guidance for inspecting and writing the report
  • RICS Building Survey Professional statement with guidance for inspecting and writing the report
  • The RICS Home Surveys promotional materials available from rics.org/homesurveyresources. Including ‘Raise your profile in your local area flyer’ and ‘Which RICS Survey is best for you’ flyer’.

Points to note

1) The full terms and conditions of the Copyright Licence Scheme appear below

2) The licence year runs for twelve months from the Licensee’s start date

3) The licence fee is payable in advance

4) You will receive a renewal notice in advance of your licence expiry, together with details of any revisions to the fee.

5) Copyright of all RICS Home Surveys material must be acknowledged as belonging to RICS, and the following statement therefore will appear on each of your reports: ‘The Home Surveys reports (including RICS Condition Report (CR), RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey) (HBRS), RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey and Valuation) (HBRSV) and RICS Building Survey (BS) are reproduced with the permission of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which owns the copyright.’

6) RICS recommends that your report should be presented to the client in the official RICS Home Surveys presentation folder*.

7) It is essential that the current edition of the wording is used consistently, and without alteration, throughout when reproducing the RICS Home Surveys reports (including the CR, HBRS, HBRSV and BS) copyright material and each document, when used, must be reproduced in its entirety.

8) To ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the scheme you will, on request, be required to provide us with copies of recent reports.

9) All licence holders undertaking the HBRSV must be a member of the RICS Valuer Registration.

* This item is available from rics.org/shop Item code: 18640

Copyright Licence Agreement

The following material is the text of the Copyright Licence Agreement but not the licence itself. THIS LICENCE is granted to the named person (‘the Licensee’) by RICS, Surveyor Court, Westwood Way, Coventry, CV4 8JE (‘the Licensor’) on the following terms and conditions.

1. Interpretation

In this Licence, unless the context otherwise requires, the following expressions shall have the following meanings:

RICS ’means The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; ‘the Intellectual Property Rights’ (‘the IP’) means all intellectual property rights, including without limitation: patents, registered designs, trademarks and service marks (whether registered or not), copyright, database rights, design rights and all similar property rights and applications for protection of any of the above rights; ‘the Material’ means the Report Headings and Descriptions of the edition for the time being in force of the RICS Condition Report; RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey); RICS HomeBuyer Report  (Survey) (Scotland); RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey and Valuation);RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey and Valuation) (Scotland)RICS Building Survey; Description of the RICS Condition Report Service with Standard terms of engagement; Description of the RICS HomeBuyer (Survey)  Service with Standard terms of engagement; Description of the RICS HomeBuyer (Survey)  Service with Standard terms of engagement (Scotland); Description of the RICS HomeBuyer (Survey and Valuation)Service with Standard terms of engagement; Description of the RICS HomeBuyer (Survey and Valuation)) Service with Standard terms of engagement (Scotland); Description of the RICS Building Survey with Standard terms of engagement; RICS Leasehold properties advice; RICS Home Surveys Information Sheet; RICS Maintenance tips; and RICS What to do now**; ‘the Applicable Territory’ means England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man OR Scotland; ‘the Fee(s)’ means the Fees payable in accordance with the scale of charges for the time being in force issued by the Licensor.

** [the Materials covered by the licence depend on the Copyright Licence Scheme entered into, the Home Surveys Copyright Licence Scheme includes all Materials listed here]

1.2 The headings in this Licence are only inserted for convenience and do not affect its construction.

1.3 Where appropriate, words denoting a singular number only shall include the plural and vice versa.

1.4 Reference to any statute or statutory provision includes any amendments, consolidations or re-enactments as made from time to time whether made before or after the date of this Licence.

2. Authorisation

2.1 The Licensee is hereby authorised to reproduce the Material on the terms and conditions of this Licence.

2.2 The Licensee shall ensure that the current edition of the Material is used consistently and without alteration and that all Material is reproduced in its entirety and validated by RICS.

2.3 The Licensee shall accurately display all title, trademark and copyright notices of the Licensor where the Material is copied, distributed, displayed, reproduced, transmitted or otherwise.

2.4 The following paragraph will appear on all copies of the Material as appropriate: ‘The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey) is reproduced with the permission of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which owns the copyright. ’Or‘ The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey and Valuation) is reproduced with the permission of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which owns the copyright. ‘Or’ The RICS Condition Report is reproduced with the permission of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which owns the copyright. ’Or‘ The RICS Building Survey is reproduced with the permission of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which owns the copyright.’

2.5 The Licensee shall display a validation number and an agreed disclaimer on behalf of the Licensor, if so requested to do by the Licensor, where the Material is copied, distributed, displayed, reproduced, transmitted or otherwise.

2.6 The Licensor may at any time and from time to time request copies of the Licensee’s reproduction of the Material to ensure compliance by the Licensee with the terms and conditions of the Licence.

2.7 Within one month of the change taking effect, the Licensee will notify the Licensor of any change of name and address and/or if the number of RICS Members covered by the Licence should increase within one month of the change taking effect.

3. Applicable Territory

3. The Licensee is only authorised to distribute the Material in the Applicable Territory.

4. Duration

4. The licence year runs for twelve months from the Licensee’s start date.

5. Fees

5.1 The Fee is payable in advance (plus VAT at the rate in force from time to time) of the start date specified by the Licensee on application.

5.2 The Fee may be increased or varied from time to time by the Licensor. At least thirty (30) days written notice of any increase will be given to the Licensee. No refunds or rebates of Fees will be given.

6. Terminations

6.1 The Licence shall automatically terminate in any of the following circumstances:

6.1.1 If there shall be a breach or non-observance by the Licensee of any of the terms here in including (but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing) failure to pay the Fee(s) by the due date.

6.1.2 If the Licensee ceases to be a Member or Member Firm of RICS for any reason

6.1.3 On the death or bankruptcy of the Licensee

6.1.4 If the Licensee is unable to pay its debts or enters into compulsory or voluntary liquidation or compounds with or convenes a meeting of its creditors or has a receiver appointed of its assets or ceases for any reason to carry on business or takes or suffers any similar action.

6.1.5 Where the Licensee is a firm or company, where there is a material change in ownership or control.

6.2 The Licensor may at any time terminate this Licence on giving at least four (4) weeks written notice of such determination to the Licensee.

6.3 Upon the lawful and proper termination of this Licence for any reason, the Licensee shall:

6.3.1 immediately pay to the Licensor the full amount of all monies due to it under this Licence

6.3.2 return to the Licensor all Material (in whatever form) in its possession, custody or control (whether or not supplied by the Licensor) and shall not retain any copies of the same

6.3.3 Immediately cease any form of promotion containing the Material.

7. Revisions to material

7 The Licensor will give notice of any change made to the Material by the Licensor. The Licensee is required to implement such new Material within three (3) months of the date on which they take effect or in accordance with any recommendation issued by the Licensor.

8. General

8.1 The Licensor and the Licensee shall each be independent data controllers of any personal data contained within data in their possession. The Licensee warrants that it shall comply with all applicable data protection legislation as it impacts upon the Licensee’s rights and obligations under this Licence.

8.2 This Licence does not confer and shall not be deemed to confer upon the Licensee any right or interest whatsoever to the copyright in the Material which is vested in the Licensor.

8.3 The Licensor shall at all times retain ownership of the IP in the Material or otherwise. The Licensee here by expressly acknowledges the Licensor’s ownership of its IP and will do nothing inconsistent with such ownership and agrees not to use or permit to be used by any person under its control such IP without the prior written consent of the Licensor.

8.4 All rights and licenses not specifically and expressly granted to and conferred upon the Licensee by this Licence are for all purposes reserved to the Licensor.

8.5 This Licence is purely personal to the Licensee for use by the RICS member employees only of the Licensee who shall not assign or transfer the same or sub licence or authorise any other person, firm or company, to exercise the rights hereby granted.

8.6 The Licensee shall not at any time pledge the credit of the Licensor, nor act as agent, partner, employee or representative of the Licensor and shall not hold itself out as such nor as having the power or authority to incur any obligation of any nature express or implied on behalf of the Licensor and nothing in this Licence shall operate so as to constitute the Licensee as an agent, partner, employee or representative of either the Licensor or vice versa and nor shall this Licence be constructed as a joint venture.

8.7 No term of this Licence is enforceable under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 by a person who is not a party to this Licence agreement.

8.8 If a term or provision of this Licence shall be held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable it shall to that extent be deemed not to form part of this Licence, but the enforceability of the remainder of this Licence shall not be affected.

8.9 This Licence constitutes the entire agreement between the parties about the subject matter of this Licence and in relation to such subject matter, supersedes all earlier discussions, understandings and agreements between any of the parties and all earlier representations by any party.

8.10 No variation or waiver of any of the provisions of this Licence shall be binding unless in writing and signed by a duly authorised director or employee of the Licensor and the Licensee.

8.11 No failure or delay by either party in enforcing the provisions of this Licence shall prejudice or restrict the rights and remedies of that party nor shall any waiver of its rights or remedies operate as a waiver of any subsequent or other breach.

9. Jurisdiction

9 This Licence shall be subject to and construed in accordance with English Law.


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