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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20 May 2015
This guidance note covers the valuation of intellectual property (IP), a subset of intangible assets. Its purpose is to expand on the IVS 2013 and the Red Book in order to clarify the legal, functional and economic characteristics of IP valuers should consider and report on in an IP valuation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daniel Cook, 22 Apr 2015
The RICS Futures programme explores the implications of key drivers for change to 2030, from mass urbanisation and the emergence of real estate as an investment class, to the rise of the worldwide middle class and the revolutionary promise of big data.
18 May 2015
RICS Property Measurement updates the RICS Code of Measuring Practice, 6th edition and incorporates International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS).
18 Aug 2007
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.
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