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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

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  • Who are The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors?

  • History

  • Mission

  • Professional Groups

  • Surrey Surveyors (MRICS)

Who are The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors?

RICS is a globally recognised professional body that promotes the best standards for valuations, developing and managing land, real estate, construction and infrastructure, considered the "gold standard" in professional property regulation worldwide.


The Surveyors club can be traced back as far as 1792. But seventy-four years later, in London (1868), a group of just 20 surveyors met at the Westminister Palace Hotel in London. The chairman John Clutton appointed a sub-committee to draft resolutions, bye-laws and regulations. In doing so, they established a professional surveyors association to represent surveyors within the growing property profession.

John Clutton
John Clutton (1809 - 1896)

In 1881 the association received a royal charter and was founded as the Institution of Surveyors, and then in 1947, it became The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. From a group of only 20 surveyors, RICS has grown to have over 134,000 members in over 150 countries.

RICS HQ - London


RICS want to ensure the development of buildings and spaces is fit for current and future generations that will use them. Considering that properties in use today can be hundreds of years old, you want them to be safe to use. At the same time, getting the most from properties and spaces should not come at a cost to the planet, so sustainability is also an essential part of the institution's mission. To find out more, you can visit their about us page here.

Professional Groups

RICS has multiple areas of specialism, which fall under property, land and construction.

Property Professional Groups

Land Professional Groups

Built Environment Professional Groups

Arts & Antiquities


Building Control

Commercial Property


Building Surveying

Dispute Resolution

Minerals & Waste

Project Management

Facilities Management

Planning & Development

Quantity Surveying & Construction

Machinery & Assets


Dilapidations Forum

Management Consultancy

Telecom Forum

Insurance Forum

Residential Property



Building Conservation Forum

From the table above, you can see the reach of the institute, and something we are proud of being part of. Surrey Surveyors are a member of the institute or MRICS. Look at the video below to see how our work shapes the world.

If you are looking for members in your area, you can view the complete directory here.

Surrey Surveyors (MRICS)

So, where do we fit in? Surrey Surveyors specialise in residential building surveys and condition surveys. Which fall under the property and construction groups. We provide the following services in Surrey County and the surrounding areas:

We hope you enjoyed our brief history of RICS and how it has grown over the last hundred-plus years. If you're looking for a home survey in Surrey, you can book here.

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