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Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
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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.
07 Aug 2015
This 1st edition of Surveyors acting as expert witnesses in Scotland applies to surveyors when providing expert evidence, whether oral or written, before a range of courts and tribunals in Scotland.
24 Nov 2014
This guidance note is intended for surveyors advising clients in relation to a dispute and gives guidance on when mediation should be considered, how it works, the benefits of mediating over litigating, and the consequences if parties do not mediate.
23 Mar 2016
Produced by a cross-professional group specialist panel of associate and chartered surveyors, this guidance deals with easements known as rights of light and outlines current best practice for surveyors in this field.
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.
11 Apr 2013
Assists those appointed to act as arbitrator or as independent expert, and the parties themselves, by making them aware of the procedures likely to be followed.
27 Aug 2014
This guidance note is designed primarily to assist those who are appointed to act as arbitrator, either by the Chairman of RICS Scotland, or directly by the parties to a dispute.
18 Feb 2014
Designed primarily to assist those appointed either by the president of RICS, or directly by the parties to a dispute, to act as an independent expert to determine their dispute.
15 Jan 2015
This guidance note is designed primarily to assist those who are appointed either by the chairman of RICS Scotland, or directly by the parties to a dispute, to act as an independent expert to determine their dispute.
18 Mar 2014
TUPE stands for The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. New regulations to update TUPE 2006 came into force on 31 January 2014 under The Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014. TUPE provides employment protection on the transfer of a business from one individual to another or a change in responsibility for a contracted out service.
30 Nov 2016
This guidance is designed primarily to assist those who are appointed either by the President of RICS or directly by the parties to a dispute, to act as an independent expert to determine their dispute. It is also intended to assist the parties themselves and those acting for them by making them aware of the procedures likely to be followed.
23 Sep 2002
Based upon law and practice in Scotland, this guidance is primarily for those who are appointed either by the RICS President or directly by the parties to act as arbitrators or as independent experts in rent reviews of commercial property.
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.
03 Dec 2009
Offers guidance to those appointed as arbitrators or independent experts in order to determine a dispute on a lease renewal under PACT.
23 Oct 2008
This 2nd edition guidance note (also a 1st edition practice statement) is written for those surveyors who act as advocates before a wide range of tribunals in the UK.
06 Apr 2011
Set within a UK context, this paper provides a comparative overview of dispute resolution processes.
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.
04 May 2016
Covers the appointment of surveyors as arbitrators, independent experts, mediators, adjudicators, and other dispute resolvers.
20 Dec 2017
From 1 January 2018, all RICS professionals and regulated firms will be required to follow the global professional statement on Conflicts of interest, 1st edition.
02 Apr 2014
This comprehensive guide is written for surveyors who provide expert evidence to be relied upon in civil proceedings before a wide range of tribunals.
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