RICS is the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It is a global organisation that enforces standards across the surveying sector, including construction and the natural environment.

The institution covers more than 130,000 trainees and professionals, ensuring confidence in the work done by chartered surveyors worldwide.

Practicing members have to hold surveying qualifications and be able to demonstrate extensive experience and competence, they then gain the right to use one of several designations after their name. These include AssocRICS (Associate Member of RICS), MRICS (Member of RICS) and FRICS (Fellow of RICS). They need to abide by strict regulation and audit undertaken by the RICS.


Landmark dates in RICS history

RICS dates back to 1868 when 49 surveyors met at the Westminster Palace Hotel and founded the organisation. Its name has changed slightly over the years:

  • June 15th 1868: The Institution of Surveyors is founded.
  • August 26th 1881: The Surveyors’ Institution receives a Royal charter.
  • 1930: The name changes to the Chartered Surveyors’ Institution.
  • 1946: King George VI grants the ‘Royal’ title to the organisation.
  • 1947: The name officially becomes the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


The Chartered Institute of Surveyors continues to set standards covering land, property and the built environment, with 18 professional groups representing specialisms within those three areas.

In 1988 it was a founding member of the Building Industry Council, which eventually became the Construction Industry Council.

And in 2013, RICS co-founded a group that developed International Property Measurement Standards, followed by International Ethics Standards in 2016.


RICS Property Surveys

For most people in the UK, RICS is best known as the regulatory body for professional property surveys, including:

These offer different levels of detail for property owners and prospective buyers to check the physical condition and market value of a property.

By getting a professionally accredited surveyor to inspect a property, you know you will receive a high-quality RICS report from an individual who must meet certain standards of continuing professional development, ongoing training and proven competence.


Make an enquiry today

If you would like to make an enquiry about a RICS accredited Condition Report, HomeBuyer Report or RICS Building Survey (also known informally as a Full Structural Survey), please contact Torus Chartered Surveyors in Altrincham today and we’ll be happy to help.

We are open for business and conducting home surveys in accordance with all government guidelines. As the pandemic eases, we will continue to work in a safe way, observing appropriate social distancing and wearing gloves and face masks for as long as necessary.

To find out more about any of our services, call 0161 929 7892 or visit our Contact page for more details.