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Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.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 Mar 2015
This guidance note sets out the principles of cost reporting from the perspective of the quantity surveyor to the client during construction. This guidance note explains the purpose of cost reporting, the factors affecting outturn cost and explores the different formats and types of cost report.
18 Oct 2012
Focuses on the daylight, sunlight and shading encountered in the design, planning and environmental impact assessment of developments.
08 Jul 2011
With reference to a variety of construction contracts, this note summarises the principal features of completion of construction works.
17 Jun 2013
Provides professional practitioners with best practice guidance relevant to the tasks and processes of design and specification for small to medium-size construction projects.
12 Aug 2009
Covering the stages of a project from inception to commencement on site, this note offers best practice guidance for property professionals involved in development management of construction projects.
14 Feb 2018
The delivery of digital systems presents different challenges to commercial managers, given the wide range of technology that is available and the prevailing market conditions in this sector.
01 Sep 2016
This guidance note seeks to advise members on the factors they should take into consideration when producing Schedules of Dilapidations, Quantified Demands, Responses, Scott Schedules and Diminution Valuations for reference to or use by the client, the other party to the lease, third parties and tribunals.
13 Jan 2011
The material provides practical guidance to RICS members on the skills and approach required when instructed in connection with dilapidations matters in Scotland.
27 Aug 2010
This guidance focuses on discounted cash flow valuation in the particular context of commercial property investments.
01 May 2008
A form to be used with the RICS Standard form of consultant's appointment, and RICS Short form of consultant's appointment.
12 Feb 2018
A form to be used with the RICS Scotland Standard form of consultant's appointment, and RICS Scotland Short form of consultant's appointment.
02 Oct 2017
Employer’s agent: design and build is intended for use in conjunction with the JCT Design and Build Contract where an agent will be appointed by the employer to represent him or her. This guidance note considers the role and responsibilities of the employer’s agent and other ‘non-core’ pre-contract activities.
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.
10 Nov 2014
Delays occur on most construction projects, and always have done. At some point during a project, particular parts of the works, or the works as a whole, will not progress as quickly as planned, with the risk that the contractual completion date will not be met.
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.
14 Dec 2015
This guidance note summarises what a final account is and how they are used to establish a final adjustment to the contract price. It is effective from 14 March 2016.
09 Aug 2012
This guidance note provides an effective framework for assessing financial viability, regardless of the regulatory regime in place, or the stage of the economic cycle at which the evaluation is being carried out.
23 Aug 2016
The purpose of this guidance note is to outline the different types of fluctuating price mechanisms available for use within those contracts, selection of the most appropriate mechanism for particular situations, and techniques for calculating adjustments.
06 Jun 2010
This guidance note sets out best practice guidelines for surveyors and clients on the use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) in land surveying and mapping.
28 Jan 2016
This guidance note sets out practical guidance around the health and safety management of most types and configurations of residential properties.
19 Sep 2009
Intended to embody best practice, this guidance note is essential reading for members practising or working on any traditionally constructed building or structure.
04 Jan 2010
These practice notes give you all the practical guidance you need to deliver the HomeBuyer Report in Scotland.
23 Jul 2017
This standard has been written by a group of independent industry leaders. The International Construction Measurement Standards Coalition (ICMSC) is a growing group of more than 40 professional and not-for-profit organisations from around the world, working together to develop and implement international standards for benchmarking, measuring and reporting construction project cost.
07 Dec 2016
This standard has been written by a group of independent industry leaders and international ethics and compliance experts appointed by Trustees of the IES Coalition. Included in the group are prominent real estate representatives from Russia, China, France, the USA, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, Canada and the UK.
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