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Sector Standards

1 FEB 2007

Environmental Impact Assessment, 1st edition (no longer current)

This guidance note provides an overview of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and considers the potential role of members in the process.

RICS are aware of The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017. Please note that as this Guidance Note was published in 2007 it therefore does not reflect these Regulations.

EIA is a statutory tool for assessing the environmental impacts of development projects and identifying measures that can be taken to reduce these impacts.

The details of the EIA procedure set out in these guidelines are based primarily on the legislative framework in the UK, and therewith are also in accordance with the Europe-wide framework provided by most European Union directives, already adopted into the laws of most member-states including the UK.

It is not intended that this guidance should provide comprehensive technical advice of how to undertake an EIA. Such advice is already available from other sources, such as the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Management (IEMA). Further sources of technical guidance on EIA are listed in the bibliography.