Permanent records / Permanent retention

Glossary topic: 
Recordkeeping

Records with a permanent retention are required to be kept indefinitely because they have a high enduring or archival value.

Permanent records are usually identified during appraisal and are given the disposal action of ‘retain permanently’ or ‘permanent’ in a retention and disposal schedule. In some cases the disposal action may specify if the records are to be retained in agency or transferred to QSA.

See our advice on developing a retention and disposal schedule and sentencing, as well as Identifying permanent records using the QSA Appraisal Statement.

See also Archives, Archival / Enduring value, Temporary records / Temporary retention, Transfer