Professional guidance

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Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.

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  • Right to light

    Daylighting and Sunlighting, 1st edition

    Focuses on the daylight, sunlight and shading encountered in the design, planning and environmental impact assessment of developments.

  • Right to light

    Rights of Light, 2nd edition

    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.