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.
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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Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
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28 Jul 2014
Gives background information on the introduction of permissive rights for communities and businesses to prepare Neighbourhood Plans and Neighbourhood Development Orders.
08 Dec 2016
This guidance note draws professionals’ attention to specific issues that arise in farm stocktaking valuations, for inclusion in financial statements that are prepared in accordance with UK GAAP.
30 May 2017
This guidance note is designed to assist rural chartered surveyors who are appointed to act in arbitrations dealing with rural assets and property, whether as advocates, experts or the arbitrator.
21 Apr 2016
This guidance note is a global revision of the first edition guidance note published in 2011. It identifies additional matters that valuers need to take into account when valuing natural resource wasting assets, such as mineral deposits, landfill and waste disposal sites.
01 Mar 2008
This paper discusses the valuation of property where the proposed development is of a cleared or greenfield site, or where all existing buildings on a site will be removed in order to construct new ones.
01 Feb 2007
This guidance note provides an overview of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and considers the potential role of members in the process.
17 Mar 2011
Backed with illustrative case studies, this information paper aims to assist members when giving advice to clients in the area of environmental liability and compliance.
31 May 2011
This paper provides a definition for the term 'green infrastructure' and explores the role it plays within built-up areas.
01 Dec 1995
Presented in summary form, this information paper outlines legislation and useful publications relating to ground movements.
23 Feb 2010
This note offers guidance for valuers on the more complex issues that might arise when dealing with the presence of trees (or groups of trees).
19 Aug 2010
Aiming to assist valuers, this guidance highlights the main factors that impact the market value of woodlands and addresses some of the more complex issues that might arise in the assessment of such an asset.
01 Sep 2007
Written for professionals in the field of negotiations for rights to minerals, this note offers guidance on mineral leases and option agreements while outlining the role of the surveyor in this complex area.
11 Aug 2011
Intended for use within the UK, the guidance is essential reading for all members who are asked to advise in relation to renewable energy schemes.
11 Jul 2011
This paper examines how the Mining Waste Directive (MWD) applies to the management of extractive waste from land-based extractive industries.
26 Sep 2011
Prepared with input from academics and practitioners with expertise in material processing technology, this paper provides information on issues surrounding 'rare earths' and the considerable role they have to play in facilitiating a low carbon future.
02 Apr 2009
This document aims to meet the immediate needs of non-specialist surveyors in the UK who lack detailed knowledge of renewable energy issues.An update to 2007’s Renewables briefing paper (published by the RICS Rural Professional Group),
01 Nov 2009
18 Jul 2016
This note provides guidance for the valuer on the valuation of land for affordable housing in England and Wales.
04 Jul 2011
Written in the context of UK law and practice, this note offers guidance to the valuation of rural property and compliance with the RICS Valuation Standards (the ‘Red Book’).
27 Apr 2016
This guidance note aims to assist practitioners in the approach to the valuation of affordable housing development land. The focus is on the valuation of land for housing and flats but the principles are broadly adaptable for other types of affordable housing, such as special needs and sheltered housing accommodation.
22 Feb 2016
By analysing five case studies, this paper aims to understand the relationship between the various design features and delivery mechanisms of a large residential scheme, and the end-sales achieved.
13 Apr 2017
This professional statement applies when you provide advice regarding property interests in the UK that relates to the seeking or use of compulsory purchase or other statutory powers by or against your client, or where the seeking or use of such powers is contemplated.
© RICS 2017
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