Document retention

Architects retain documents for a variety of reasons. Commonwealth and state legislation may require you to retain certain documents, or you may choose to keep documents for heritage purposes, as technical precedents or to facilitate alterations, additions or repairs.

It is also recommended that architects retain adequate documentation and records to enable them to defend possible legal action, or to assist related parties involved in legal action associated with a project. Throughout this content, keep in mind that 'documents' can include anything stored electronically which can be viewed in legible form, including emails and CAD drawings.