RICS Forms of consultant's appointments

RICS has published a new edition of the RICS Forms of consultant's appointments, which are intended to be used by clients. Members and others involved in the appointment of surveyors are encouraged to use these forms when considering surveyors for a wide variety of different disciplines within the construction process and related fields.

There are three separate Forms of appointment: a Standard form, a Short form and a Designated form for specialist services (of which some of the services listed below are classified as). Each Form is designed to be used in conjunction with the relevant Schedule of Services to form a complete Appointment.

A separate Schedule of Services has been published for the following disciplines:

  • Project manager;
  • Quantity surveyor;
  • Building surveyor;
  • Contract administrator;
  • Employers agent;
  • Dilapidations;
  • Technical due diligence;
  • Reinstatement cost assessment;
  • Lenders independent monitoring surveyor;
  • Corporate restructuring and recovery;
  • Principal designer;
  • CDM compliance consultant; and
  • Expert witness.

All of these are to be completed on a ‘tick box’ basis.

A set of explanatory notes are also available for each of the three forms of appointment and these seek to guide surveyors and their clients as to the successful completion of the documents.

The currently published suite of documents is intended to be used in England and Wales and we will subsequently be publishing related documents for the law as it applies in Scotland and in Northern Ireland.

The following table shows which Service should be used with which form:

RICS forms table

Please note: For Building surveyor services, the RICS Standard or Short form of consultant’s appointment should be used for projects relating to construction/building and measured surveys. The RICS Short form for designated services should be used for projects relating to asset management/insurance/miscellaneous.