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Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
17 Nov 2010
Written to apply to England and Wales, though with relevance elsewhere, this note provides guidance for surveyors on conducting commercial and industrial property surveys.
02 Aug 2013
This guidance note introduces surveyors and other professionals to the subjects of capital allowances and land remediation relief in a UK context.
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.
A construction design and management (CDM) form to use with the RICS Standard form of consultant's appointment and RICS Short form of consultant's appointment.
A construction design and management (CDM) form to use with the RICS Scotland Standard form of consultant's appointment and RICS Scotland Short form of consultant's appointment.
21 Mar 2016
The role of a commercial manager, and the commercial management functions performed, play a critical part in the commercial and financial success of a construction project or of any other business.
07 Oct 2011
This guidance note details best practice in the management of commercial property, with particular emphasis on how the person(s) in control of a building should manage, communicate and control income and expenditure.
27 Mar 2015
This guidance note covers commercial multi-let property where there is a service charge. It deals with the handover of financial and supplier information between owners and/ or managers.Superseding the previous information paper of the same name (published in 2011), this guidance note is aimed at property owners and managers and their legal advisers. Its intention is to set out a series of procedures which will apply during any handover period in order to improve the quality of service to the industry’s customers.
07 Jul 2016
The purpose of this guidance note is to provide residential surveyors and valuers with information to assist in handling complaints and direct them towards more detailed guidance from RICS.
10 Apr 2015
Conacre is a system of letting agricultural land that is unique to Ireland. The current use of 'conacre' originated with the Land Acts of the mid-nineteenth century.
24 Apr 2012
Summarises what is meant by conflict avoidance and dispute resolution, identifying the key issues that all surveyors should understand in respect of these distinct and substantive areas.
22 May 2017
This professional statement provides RICS members and RICS regulated firms with mandatory requirements when acting on the open market sale or acquisition of a commercial investment real estate opportunity in the UK in order to avoid conflicts of interest prejudicial to their clients’ best interests.
04 May 2016
Covers the appointment of surveyors as arbitrators, independent experts, mediators, adjudicators, and other dispute resolvers.
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.’
20 May 2013
Reviews security and performance documents normally associated with a construction project, noting the main types of document, the parties to them, their purpose and general terms.
07 Apr 2010
Intended to assist surveyors of all levels of expertise, this note provides guidance on advising clients as to how environmental and sustainability issues impact upon all aspects of land, property and construction.
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