Our standards and guidance cover all areas of surveying practice and embody best practice. They fall into four categories: practice statements, codes of practice, guidance notes and information papers.
RICS members can download free PDF versions of all our professional guidance 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. Hard copies of all 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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13 Jul 2012
This guidance note provides assistance to RICS members on the application of the Red Book 2012 to valuations that have to be provided in compliance with US jurisdiction.
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.
18 Aug 2007
Intended for use in the UK only, this code of practice provides succinct, precise definitions to permit the accurate measurement of buildings and land, the calculation of the sizes (areas and volumes) and the description or specification of land and buildings on a common and consistent basis.
07 Feb 2012
Covering most types of real estate asset, this information paper discusses the use of comparable evidence in property valuation.
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.
25 Mar 2014
Mandatory at a date to be agreed in 2014.
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.
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.
19 Jul 2011
Indicative of best practice, this note offers advice on the valuation of natural resources and waste management properties, more commonly known in the UK as ‘wasting assets’.
26 Nov 2014
Part 1 of this document is a mandatory practice statement. Part 2 is a guidance note. The practice statement and guidance note apply to selling, buying, letting, renting and management whether it is commercial, residential or rural real estate.
13 Mar 2013
Provides best practice guidance for real estate managers so that clients receive objective advice consistent with internationally recognised standards.
17 Dec 2014
RICS Valuation – Professional Standards (the 'Red Book') January 2014 (published in November 2013).Red Book January 2014 UKVS 1.1.4 alerted members to the fact that UKVS 1 and the associated appendices would be rewritten in 2014 in order to reflect the replacement of the existing UK GAAP accounting standards with a new regime, based on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), taking effect from January 2015.
25 Jun 2014
Outlines best practice in the planning and deployment of the measures needed to deliver appropriate and effective security.
01 Dec 2014
This is the second edition of the RICS guidance note Selling Personal Property at Auction.
This publication is divided into three parts: a guidance note that focuses on high level FM strategy; a look at management functions; and appendices providing background information.
01 Oct 2008
This comprehensive guide takes the surveyor through every stage of an advocacy role for a wide range of tribunals. A client copy of this practice statement is also available to download here.
This paper discusses issues relevant to undertaking valuations of commercial buildings, such as assessing whether properties are resilient to environmental risks and recognising the changing needs of occupiers.
03 Oct 2013
Encompasses the wide range of physical, social, environmental and economic factors relating to sustainability that can impact on value of which valuers should be aware.
20 Dec 2013
RICS is pleased to provide RICS members with a one-time download to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) 2014-2015. This is a member benefit and is free of charge to RICS members
06 Jan 2014
This guidance note was originally available here in digital format separately from the Red Book. With effect from 6 January 2014 this guidance note is incorporated in the RICS Valuation - Professional Standards January 2014.
25 May 2011
Including a glossary of relevant terms, this note offers guidance for valuers who are instructed to provide market value, or market rent, for properties used as data centres.
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