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, and guidance notes.
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Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
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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.
10 Sep 2015
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 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.
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.
02 Mar 2015
This guidance note sets out the principles of cost reporting from the perspective of the quantity surveyor to the client during construction. This guidance note explains the purpose of cost reporting, the factors affecting outturn cost and explores the different formats and types of cost report.
14 Dec 2015
This guidance note summarises what a final account is and how they are used to establish a final adjustment to the contract price. It is effective from 14 March 2016.
12 Aug 2015
Most construction contracts require interim payments to be paid to the contractor. This is to relieve the contractor of the burden of financing the whole of the works until completion; works which may take many months or years to complete.This guidance note is effective from 12 November 2015.
15 Apr 2016
This guidance note summarises what is meant by a life cycle costing and whole life costing service for both new construction works and for the refurbishment of existing assets. This guidance is effective from 1 July 2016.
02 Jul 2014
This guidance note summarises what tendering is and how tendering processes are used to establish a contract price. It also reviews different types of tendering and negotiation strategies and their advantages and disadvantages. It seeks to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the tendering and negotiation processes involved in procurement.
27 May 2016
This Code, now in its third edition, has been approved by the Secretary of State and is effective from 1 June 2016. It applies only to residential leasehold properties in England but practitioners operating in other parts of the UK are encouraged to follow the best practice guidelines contained in the Code.
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 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.
01 May 2008
A 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.
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.
18 Oct 2012
Focuses on the daylight, sunlight and shading encountered in the design, planning and environmental impact assessment of developments.
17 Jun 2013
Provides professional practitioners with best practice guidance relevant to the tasks and processes of design and specification for small to medium-size construction projects.
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.
15 Aug 2016
This information paper outlines some of the key challenges facing the UK infrastructure construction industry and the requirement to improve commercial performance in line with government targets relating to effectiveness and efficiency.
01 Dec 1996
Provides surveyors with details of the formulation of an initial record of fire damage and investigation works involved, as well as ancillary matters which arise, such as the involvement of insurers and their representatives.
18 Jul 2013
Examines communications in an industry context, covering how clear, consistent communication via different media enables stakeholders to play their part in delivering a successful project.
07 Oct 2012
The RICS Building Survey is the most comprehensive report of its kind and should be used for larger or older properties, or when planning major works.
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