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Royal Charter, By-laws and regulations

The current Royal Charter and By-laws of the Institution of Civil Engineers came into effect on 19 July 2022. They incorporate amendments approved by a ballot of Corporate Members on 1 March 2022 and allowed by the Privy Council on 19 July 2022.

Our Royal Charter

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

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 and By-laws. When we do this, our members and the UK government need to approve any changes.


Find out more about our history

The 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 the ICE's history, and that of our members.

Discover our library

Do you have any questions?

If you have a question regarding our governance or need some advice, our team are here to help you.