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Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
25 Jul 2013
This guidance provides a summary of the purpose and process of both cost analysis and construction project benchmarking.
10 Nov 2014
Delays occur on most construction projects, and always have done. At some point during a project, particular parts of the works, or the works as a whole, will not progress as quickly as planned, with the risk that the contractual completion date will not be met.
27 Mar 2015
This guidance note supports the work of chartered surveyors who assess risks and give technical advice to those who provide third-party finance on real estate developments.
04 Feb 2014
Considers sinking funds, reserve funds and depreciation charges in the context of commercial property.
09 Aug 2012
This guidance note provides an effective framework for assessing financial viability, regardless of the regulatory regime in place, or the stage of the economic cycle at which the evaluation is being carried out.
07 Nov 2014
NRM provides a standard set of measurement rules and essential guidance for the cost management of construction projects and maintenance works.
16 Dec 2013
Intended for RICS members and others including lenders and similar institutions, the paper considers the use of Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) in the UK.
07 Feb 2012
Covering most types of real estate asset, this information paper discusses the use of comparable evidence in property valuation.
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.
16 Sep 2011
This document explores the general principles of damages for delay to completion, looking at areas such as law, reasons for introduction within a contract, amounts of damages, and how sums are deducted, certified or released.
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.
04 May 2010
This guidance note summarises what is meant by ‘change’ and how it is valued under JCT, NEC and FIDIC forms of contract.
22 Mar 2007
Guidance for members filling the role of project monitor, discussing aspects of best practice and the various types of project monitoring.
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