Guidance notes provide advice to practitioners on all aspects of the profession. Where procedures are recommended for specific professional tasks, these documents are intended to embody 'best practice'.
All practitioners must inform themselves of new and updated guidance notes within a reasonable time of their promulgation in order to remain professionally competent. When an allegation of professional negligence is made against a surveyor, the court is likely to take into account any relevant guidance notes published by RICS in deciding whether or not the surveyor acted with reasonable competence.
RICS members can freely download PDF versions of our guidance notes. Hard copies of all RICS professional guidance publications can be bought from the RICS Shop.
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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.
24 Apr 2012
Part of the RICS NRM suite, this volume provides detailed rules for the measurement and description of building works for the purpose of obtaining tender prices.
18 Apr 2016
Focusing on the fundamental question of why projects fail, this guidance outlines some of the most commonly occurring reasons for failure and offers practical solutions in the context of applying the lessons learned.
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.
12 Feb 2018
A form to be used with the RICS Scotland Standard form of consultant's appointment and RICS Scotland Short form of consultant's appointment.
A form to be used with the RICS standard form of consultant's appointment and RICS Short form of consultant's appointment.
30 May 2017
This guidance note applies to our professionals who are either nominated by RICS or another adjudicator nominating body (ANB), or appointed directly by the parties, to adjudicate disputes relating to works carried out under a construction contract and works carried out under a contract to which the Construction Act does not apply, but under which the parties have agreed a contractual mechanism to enable them to adjudicate disputes.
This guidance note applies to RICS members appointed to act as arbitrator in a dispute relating to construction works. It should also be of assistance to parties involved in arbitration, and those acting for them, by making them aware of the procedures that may be followed.
24 May 2017
This guidance note provides a professional practitioner or individual commissioned to undertake a survey with outlined guidance on fulfilling elements of a client's brief, along with unique aspects arising from the myriad of asset type and their usages.
23 Sep 2015
This guidance note is intended for RICS members practising in the infrastructure sector, either providing services to an infrastructure client or working within an infrastructure client organisation.
This RICS guidance note sets out how the role of the commercial manager is both expanding and deepening in the fast evolving field of infrastructure. It describes how the commercial manager should bring professional skill and influence through the infrastructure project lifecycle and demonstrates the importance of understanding and translating the investment case into disciplined processes; recognising the impact of scale and the uniqueness of engineering not seen elsewhere in general practice, and tailoring the approach to cost, risk and engaging the supply chain.
12 Aug 2009
Covering the stages of a project from inception to commencement on site, this note offers best practice guidance for property professionals involved in development management of construction projects.
22 Mar 2007
Guidance for members filling the role of project monitor, discussing aspects of best practice and the various types of project monitoring.
13 Dec 2010
By advising on best practice, this guidance is intended to assist all those connected with the request, purchase and production of surveys and mapping material.
19 Dec 2017
Based upon law and practice in England and Wales, the guidance assists individuals nominated (or appointed directly) as adjudicators to a dispute relating to works carried out under a construction contract.
23 May 2002
This guidance assists those acting as arbiters or independent experts in construction related disputes in Scotland.
07 Nov 2014
NRM provides a standard set of measurement rules and essential guidance for the cost management of construction projects and maintenance works.
30 Aug 2016
Provides an accessible introduction to level 2 BIM, highlighting the important implications and considerations for building surveyors.
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.
© RICS 2018
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