Our Royal Charter

Our Royal Charter outlines what we do and how we're run. After more than 190 years, the charter is still being used, but we've made a few changes to keep it up to date.

A shot of ICE's Royal Charter, first granted by King George IV on 3 June, 1828
A shot of ICE's Royal Charter, first granted by King George IV on 3 June, 1828

ICE's Royal Charter covers several different areas:

  • Membership: it describes the grades of membership we offer
  • Council: it confirms our member Council as ICE's governing body
  • Standards: it lets ICE make the by-laws, regulations, and rules we need to keep our standards high. This includes a code of conduct to ensure our members act responsibly and ethically in their work

Promoting the profession

Our charter also outlines our commitment to promoting civil engineering around the world.

We do this in many ways, from influencing the politicians who make decisions on our infrastructure, to encouraging young people to understand and appreciate civil engineering.

Our charter today

As times change and the profession develops, we sometimes need to update our charter. When we do this, our members and the Government need to approve any changes.

Download our Royal Charter

Find out more about our history

ICE's Library at One Great George Street
ICE's library at our HQ in Westminster

ICE's library is one of the world's largest dedicated civil engineering libraries. It hosts thousands of current and historical works relating to civil engineering. It also holds a wealth of information on both ICE's history, and that of our members.

Find out more about our library