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Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
Showing 1 - 18 of 18 results
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.
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.
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.
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.
24 Apr 2012
Summarises what is meant by conflict avoidance and dispute resolution, identifying the key issues that all surveyors should understand in respect of these distinct and substantive areas.
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.
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.
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.
14 Mar 2017
RICS Rules of Conduct set an overarching obligation on both members and RICS regulated firms at all times to: ‘…act with integrity and avoid conflicts of interest and avoid any actions or situations that are inconsistent with its professional obligations.’
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.
08 Jul 2011
With reference to a variety of construction contracts, this note summarises the principal features of completion of construction works.
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.
31 May 2011
This paper provides a definition for the term 'green infrastructure' and explores the role it plays within built-up areas.
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.
01 Nov 2009
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.
30 May 2017
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.
© RICS 2017
© RICS 2017