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Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
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02 May 2009
Published with cross-industry agreement and acceptance, this document provides a defined valuation process for all social housing matters, including right to buy and right to acquire valuations.
26 Nov 2012
Deals with the application of GN 2 to the valuation of fuel stations, including fuel stations allied to convenience stores (c-stores) or part of more complex properties.
17 Aug 2016
This professional statement applies to all RICS members involved with the sale, letting, leasing and management of real estate, whatever the form of tenure by which it is held or occupied.
12 Oct 2016
This professional statement applies to the management of both commercial and residential real estate.
23 Jun 2016
These documents give you all the practical guidance you need to deliver the RICS HomeBuyer (Survey) and (Survey and Valuation Reports) 2016 in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man and the RICS HomeBuyer Report 2010 - Description and standard terms of engagement (Scotland).
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.
15 Jul 2015
This cross-industry code is intended to promote best practice in the letting and management of private rented sector housing in England.
17 May 2016
This protocol has been jointly set up and endorsed by an industry wide group comprising representatives of RICS, lenders, insurers and panel management firms involved in the residential mortgage valuation market.
26 Nov 2015
This mandatory practice statement (part 1 of the document) and guidance note (part 2) apply to selling, buying, letting, renting and management whether it is commercial, residential or rural real estate.
26 Nov 2014
Part 1 of this document is a mandatory practice statement. Part 2 is a guidance note. The practice statement and guidance note apply to selling, buying, letting, renting and management whether it is commercial, residential or rural real estate.
11 Sep 2017
With the increased focus on the need for ethical practice and transparency in the residential property market this RICS professional statement sets out clearly the responsibilities of residential property agents to ensure they are working to the highest ethical and professional standards.
29 Mar 2018
A best practice guide for the auction practitioner, this publication also offers guidance on what buyers and sellers can expect from their auctioneer.
07 Feb 2012
Covering most types of real estate asset, this information paper discusses the use of comparable evidence in property valuation.
02 Sep 2015
By setting out a framework for objectively assessing and reporting the risk posed to a property by the presence of Japanese knotweed, this paper assists home-owners, purchasers and lenders in making informed decisions.
02 Feb 2009
Through exploring some of the principal issues, this note provides guidance to members who intend to conduct public auctions of plant and machinery, whether live on site or online.
07 Jan 2004
Written to apply to England and Wales, though with relevance elsewhere, this note provides guidance for surveyors carrying out building surveys of residential property.
15 Oct 2014
By clearly stating the duties of real estate agents and the scope of services they offer, this guidance hopes to increase awareness of what constitutes best practice in this sector.
22 Jun 2006
Written mainly for auctioneers, this thorough and practical document details best practice for conducting public auctions of antiques, fine art and chattels in England and Wales.
29 Jun 2012
Written specifically for use within the UK, this guidance assists valuers in the valuation of new-build properties.
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’).
04 Jan 2010
These practice notes give you all the practical guidance you need to deliver the HomeBuyer Report in Scotland.
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