RICS is consulting on the draft third edition of its Rights of light professional standard, which is being revised to reflect recent developments in legislation, technology and case law.
The professional standard deals solely with easements known as rights of light and outlines current best practice for surveyors in this field. It is applicable only in England and Wales.
Rights of light can have a significant impact on residential and commercial development by injunction to prevent the development, payment of compensation, changing of design or even the demolition of non-compliant structures.
The third edition is designed to help surveyors:
In addition to including new examples of case law and a legal rights of light protocol, the forthcoming edition contains in-depth information on geospatial and measured surveys, insurance, compensation, and the rights of light RICS membership route.
The standard's development is being overseen by the RICS rights of light expert working group, comprising a specialist team of lawyers, experts and chartered surveyors from the building surveying, geospatial surveying, development and rural disciplines. It brings together professionals and experts working in the field of neighbour disputes, and is a subgroup of the RICS boundary and party walls practice panel.
RICS invites all those who wish to provide feedback on the draft Rights of light professional standard to engage with the open consultation and make interested colleagues aware of the opportunity as well.
The consultation closes on Monday 21 August.