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Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
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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 explains matters which should be considered by the agent and the client in order to complete the model agreement for the provision of rural estate management services.
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’).
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.
16 Sep 2009
Essential reading for members who advise clients or employers in the rural sector on the development of energy strategies for their estates, land and buildings.
25 Aug 2009
This information paper was written with the aim of helping members (particularly rural and environmental surveyors) prepare for the potential impact of this significant piece of legislation.
18 Aug 2009
Written for surveyors in England and Wales, this paper provides background information on the issues involved in flooding and flood defence.
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),
18 Jan 2011
This paper is intended as a first step in developing an approach in the UK that assists in placing a value on water as a separate resource.
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.
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.
13 Apr 2017
For the avoidance of doubt this Professional Statement applies to all RICS Members. 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 2018
© RICS 2018