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.
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Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
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24 Nov 2014
IPMS for Office Buildings has been drafted by the independent Standards Setting Committee and establishes a consistent methodology for measuring office buildings around the world.
26 Sep 2016
IPMS for Residential Buildings has been drafted by the Independent Standards Setting Committee and establishes a consistent methodology for measuring residential buildings around the world.
23 Jan 2017
The International Valuation Standards 2017 forms the key guidance for valuation professionals globally and will underpin consistency, transparency and confidence in valuations.
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.
19 Aug 2015
The purpose of this guidance note is to assist the valuer in the provision of leasehold reform valuation advice whether they are acting for the freeholder (landlord), intermediate landlord or tenant.
27 Mar 2015
This guidance note supports the work of chartered surveyors who assess risks and give technical advice to those who provide third-party finance on real estate developments.
18 Apr 2016
Focusing on the fundamental question of why projects fail, this guidance outlines some of the most commonly occurring reasons for failure and offers practical solutions in the context of applying the lessons learned.
21 Jan 2013
This guidance note is of interest to surveyors dealing with tenant applications to make alterations at office and industrial properties in England and Wales.
15 Apr 2016
This guidance note summarises what is meant by a life cycle costing and whole life costing service for both new construction works and for the refurbishment of existing assets. This guidance is effective from 1 July 2016.
02 Feb 2009
Written to assist property managers in actively managing risk, this paper explores the principles of liability under English law and how such principles relate to property management contracts.
18 Jul 2013
Examines communications in an industry context, covering how clear, consistent communication via different media enables stakeholders to play their part in delivering a successful project.
26 Sep 2012
This guidance addresses the issue of managing mixed use buildings and estates, i.e. those with a mix of commercial and residential units; most specifically, long leasehold residential flats.
08 Jun 2011
These papers are aimed at surveyors who are assisting clients with organisational change or are re-organising their own professional practice.
30 Mar 2012
Written in the context of construction projects, this guidance examines design delivery management (DDM), situating it as a key process that connects the various aspects of the construction value chain.
06 Nov 2014
This guidance note is designed for use by land, engineering and measured building surveyors who are acting in an advisory capacity and by survey knowledgeable clients who specify their own surveys.
This guidance note is intended for surveyors advising clients in relation to a dispute and gives guidance on when mediation should be considered, how it works, the benefits of mediating over litigating, and the consequences if parties do not mediate.
23 May 2014
The main aim of this guidance note is to provide a framework of practical guidance for quantity surveyors on how to calculate embodied carbon emissions associated with their projects.
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.
28 Jul 2014
Gives background information on the introduction of permissive rights for communities and businesses to prepare Neighbourhood Plans and Neighbourhood Development Orders.
19 Aug 2014
Through consultation with RICS, Henry Riley LLP was invited to write an information paper based on its experience of 5D BIM throughout 2012 and 2013.
19 Oct 2011
Providing clear guidance on the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, this document is essential reading for members who deal with the complex and often expensive disputes arising in this area.
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.
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.
A form to be used with the RICS Scotland Standard form of consultant's appointment, and RICS Scotland Short form of consultant's appointment.
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