Last edited 26 May 2021

RICS code of measuring practice


[edit] Introduction

The Code of Measuring Practice is a UK guidance note published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The RICS suggest that, ‘The purpose of the Code is to provide succinct, precise definitions to permit the accurate measurement of buildings and land, the calculation of the sizes (areas and volumes) and the description or specification of land and buildings on a common and consistent basis.’

It was first published in 1979 and is now in its sixth edition, published in 2007.

[edit] Purpose

It is important that parties agree in advance the basis on which a building or land is to be measured. The Code of Measuring Practice provides guidelines for measuring buildings and land to avoid any disputes arising.

Accurate measuring is required for a variety of purposes:

For those within the property profession, it is a criminal offence to give false or misleading information about certain aspects of land or buildings that are for sale.

[edit] Core definitions

The main definitions used within the code are:

The publication also incorporates the recent judicial guidance in the case of markup.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2006/60.html Kilmartin SCI (Hulton House) Ltd v Safeway Stores plc [2006], for the meaning of useable area: ’an area is useable if it can be used for any sensible purpose in connection with the purposes for which the premises are to be used’.

[edit] Key points

[edit] 2015 IPMS update

In 2015, the sixth edition of the Code was updated by publication of RICS Property Measurement to incorporate the International Property Measurement Standard (IPMS), a global standard developed to make property measurement internationally consistent.

RICS Property Measurement has three elements:

  1. Professional Statement: Office Measurement (applies to office measurements only)
  2. IPMS: Office Buildings (applies to office measurements only)
  3. Code of Measuring Practice, 6th edition (currently applies to all building classes except offices).

From January 2018, RICS professionals are expected to adopt the Property Measurement Professional Statement in place of the Code for offices and Residential unless local laws, or a client require an alternative. Professional Statements for other property classes including industrial and retail will be added over time as the IPMS is expanded.

See RICS Property Measurement for more information.

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