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.
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05 Jun 2015
This guidance note is intended to assist RICS members who are also AIC members in ensuring that a valuation report that is compliant with Canadian Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (CUSPAP) is also compliant with the RICS Valuation – Professional Standards (the Red Book).
01 Jun 2011
This guidance summarises what is meant by ‘acceleration’ in the construction industry; it also looks at how acceleration can be achieved and how it can be valued.
06 Apr 2011
Set within a UK context, this paper provides a comparative overview of dispute resolution processes.
10 Sep 2015
This guidance note provides assistance to RICS members on the application of the RICS Valuation – Professional Standards (the ‘Red Book’) to valuations that have to be provided in compliance with Russian legislation.
04 Oct 2016
In Cyprus, the valuation profession is regulated by the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber Law No. 224/1990. Even though specific procedures, standards and methodologies are not in place, it is widely recognised and accepted that the RICS Red Book must be adopted when undertaking written valuations.
27 Jun 2016
Procedures are in place in Greece to have the valuation profession regulated by law in the near future. This guidance note is intended to respond to the new regulatory regime, with the aim of clarifying potential ‘grey areas’ between the Red Book and Greek law.
02 Aug 2016
This guidance note provides assistance to our members on the application of the RICS Valuation – Professional Standards January 2014 (the ‘Red Book’) to valuations that have to be provided in compliance with Polish law.The English language version published on 27 June 2016. The Polish language version published on 2 August 2016.
28 Apr 2016
This standard will create clear and consistent guidance for both valuation providers and valuation users. It has been prepared primarily for financial reporting purposes, to comply with International Financial Reporting Standard 13 and for reporting to the Sweden Annual Property Index. The effective date of this guidance note is 1 May 2016.
17 Nov 2015
The Red Book recognises that local statute, or regulation, may have specific requirements that expand the global standards and that such requirements may be the subject of RICS national association valuation standards.
15 Sep 2015
This guidance note is for RICS members active in Germany. It aims to facilitate application of the RICS valuation standards in Germany and demonstrate how the RICS valuation standards can be applied to German market conditions and the German legal system.
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.
22 Apr 2013
Provides practical guidance to those involved in the commissioning or procurement of project management services, as well as RICS members undertaking the role of project manager in relation to building works contracts.
12 Aug 2009
This paper addresses new developments where service charge apportionment strategy can be constructed simultaneously with the lease documentation.
03 Nov 2014
This guidance note discusses the various types of construction contract that are available for use in the UK. It also discusses the factors to consider when choosing the most appropriate construction contract for a particular project.
23 Oct 1996
This information paper outlines legislation and guidance relating to archaeology and historic buildings that has particular significance to mineral surveyors.
01 Oct 2011
Written as a starting point in the subject, this note provides guidance on the dangers of asbestos to health and business, protecting professional indemnity (PI) insurance, complying with legislation, and implementing an effective management plan.
The ascertainment of loss and expense is a set of tasks that endeavour to calculate as precisely as possible, and in accordance with the contract, the additional costs or losses incurred by one party directly due to a default of the other.
02 Feb 2009
Through exploring some of the principal issues, this note provides guidance to members who intend to conduct public auctions of plant and machinery, whether live on site or online.
01 Mar 2013
A best practice guide for the auction practitioner, this publication also offers guidance on what buyers and sellers can expect from their auctioneer.
16 Dec 2013
Intended for RICS members and others including lenders and similar institutions, the paper considers the use of Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) in the UK.
30 Aug 2016
Provides an accessible introduction to level 2 BIM, highlighting the important implications and considerations for building surveyors.
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.
18 Mar 2014
The physical extent of property ownership and rights of use are basic attributes of land and buildings and are capable of being evaluated by property professionals. Uncertainty of the extent of ownership and its associated rights affects the physical use and rights to repair, maintain, gain access to and obtain value of the land.
01 May 2008
A form to use with the RICS Standard form of consultant's appointment and RICS Short form of consultant's appointment.
01 Jan 2008
A form to use with the RICS Scotland Standard form of consultant's appointment and RICS Scotland Short form of consultant's appointment.
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