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.
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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Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
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26 Jun 2013
Reviews termination of contract, corporate recovery and insolvency primarily from the perspective of a chartered surveyor with a commensurate level of specialism.
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.
01 Aug 2017
This guidance note is intended to be applicable for Contractor’s Basis rating valuations effective from 1 April 2017 and thereafter. The purpose of this guidance note is to aid the understanding of the Contractor’s Basis for the general rating practitioner while providing a common framework of the basis for the more experienced practitioner.
23 Sep 2015
This guidance note is intended for RICS members practising in the infrastructure sector, either providing services to an infrastructure client or working within an infrastructure client organisation.
17 Dec 2015
Provides guidance for surveyors and other professionals likely to encounter cases of mundic in the south west of England. It outlines a rationale for the classification of samples to help lenders distinguish between those properties accepted as mortgageable and those that are not. It also details developments in the testing of concrete samples for evidence of mundic.
This RICS guidance note sets out how the role of the commercial manager is both expanding and deepening in the fast evolving field of infrastructure. It describes how the commercial manager should bring professional skill and influence through the infrastructure project lifecycle and demonstrates the importance of understanding and translating the investment case into disciplined processes; recognising the impact of scale and the uniqueness of engineering not seen elsewhere in general practice, and tailoring the approach to cost, risk and engaging the supply chain.
09 Dec 2016
The rapid expansion of buy-to-let has created significant challenges for valuers in this market and the purpose of this guidance note is to provide sufficient background information and guidance to ensure consistency in theassessment of residential investment properties ranging from single units to houses in multiple occupation and multi-unit blocks. The guidance is applicable to valuers who are instructed by lenders and private clients.
27 Oct 2016
With the increased focus on the need for ethical practice and transparency in the commercial property market, this professional statement sets out clearly the responsibilities of commercial property agents to ensure they are working to the highest ethical and professional standards.
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.
25 May 2011
Including a glossary of relevant terms, this note offers guidance for valuers who are instructed to provide market value, or market rent, for properties used as data centres.
20 May 2015
This guidance note covers the valuation of intellectual property (IP), a subset of intangible assets. Its purpose is to expand on the IVS 2013 and the Red Book in order to clarify the legal, functional and economic characteristics of IP valuers should consider and report on in an IP valuation.
07 Feb 2013
Aims to inform the valuer’s approach to the valuation of land for sites in Scotland where there is a requirement to provide affordable housing or where the provider of affordable housing is seeking grant finance from the Scottish government.
27 Apr 2016
This guidance note aims to assist practitioners in the approach to the valuation of affordable housing development land. The focus is on the valuation of land for housing and flats but the principles are broadly adaptable for other types of affordable housing, such as special needs and sheltered housing accommodation.
21 Apr 2016
This guidance note is a global revision of the first edition guidance note published in 2011. It identifies additional matters that valuers need to take into account when valuing natural resource wasting assets, such as mineral deposits, landfill and waste disposal sites.
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.
30 Jan 2017
This note introduces the concepts of value management and value engineering in relation to construction projects and to the role of the chartered surveyor.
04 May 2010
This guidance note summarises what is meant by ‘change’ and how it is valued under JCT, NEC and FIDIC forms of contract.
02 Sep 2014
This information paper aims to assist valuers in their approach to valuing residential blocks (both singularly and in portfolios) intended to be let at market rent for a defined minimum period. It is also hoped that it will assist users of valuations and those who commission them when agreeing instructions in respect of such properties.
13 Dec 2010
By advising on best practice, this guidance is intended to assist all those connected with the request, purchase and production of surveys and mapping material.
20 Nov 2017
This guidance mandates a whole life approach to reducing carbon emissions within the built environment. It sets out specific mandatory principles and supporting guidance for the interpretation and implementation of EN 15978 methodology.
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