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Chartered Building Surveyor (United Kingdom)

  • Generic name of profession

    Building surveyor
  • Identification

    Name of regulated profession:
    Chartered Building Surveyor
    United Kingdom
    All regions
  • Legal information

    Legal basis for regulation

    EU Law :
    Other  RICS is incorporated by Royal Charter, which sets out our objectives.
    National legislation:
    The Royal Charter requires us to promote the usefulness of the profession for the public advantage in the UK and in other parts of the world. In practice, the Charter means that important changes to RICS' constitution - its bye-laws - have to be ratified by the UK Government, through the Privy Council, even after they have been approved by a majority of RICS members voting at a general meeting.
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    Type of regulation :
    Protected title (without reserves of activities)


    Recognition under:
    DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC
    Additional information :
    Recognition under Directive 2005/36/EC:
    General system of recognition - primary application
    Qualification level:
    PS3 - Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years) , Art. 11 d
    Prior check of qualifications for a temporary and/or occasional provision of services:
  • Activities

    Description of activities:
    Chartered Surveyors are professionals who measure, value, protect and enhance the world’s physical assets. The main disciplines of surveying practice fall into three broad sectors of Land, Property and Construction. Chartered Building Surveyors are involved in all aspects of property and construction, from supervising large mixed-use developments to planning domestic extensions. Building surveying is one of the widest areas of surveying practice. This varied workload can include everything from the conservation and restoration of historic buildings to contemporary new developments. There are a wide variety of opportunities for Chartered Building Surveyors to work in the commercial, private and public sectors. Some Chartered Building Surveyors work for property-owning clients and contractors as well as in a number of specialist niche areas such as insurance, rights to light, party wall matters, etc.
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