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Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
24 Apr 2012
Examines the general principles of retention, including areas such as law; reasons for introduction within a contract; levels of retention, and how amounts are deducted, certified or released.
26 Jun 2013
Reviews termination of contract, corporate recovery and insolvency primarily from the perspective of a chartered surveyor with a commensurate level of specialism.
14 Mar 2013
Based on law and practice in Scotland, this publication offers guidance to members acting as adjudicators to disputes relating to works carried out under construction contracts.
20 Feb 2017
The current edition of 'Surveyors acting as advocates, 2nd edition professional statement; 3rd edition guidance note', is effective from 1 June 2017.
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.
13 Dec 2010
Concerned with the tender process and procedure rather than procurement, this note provides guidance on perceived barriers to the wide-scale adoption of e-tendering within the construction industry.
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.
15 Apr 2011
This note offers practical guidance for members in England and Wales who undertake the role of contract administrator.
14 Feb 2009
This paper outlines the principal issues surrounding duty of care deeds.
02 Feb 2009
Written to assist property managers in actively managing risk, this paper explores the principles of liability under English law and how such principles relate to property management contracts.
07 Feb 2012
Covering most types of real estate asset, this information paper discusses the use of comparable evidence in property valuation.
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