Compiling a heritage property maintenance logbook
A logbook is an invaluable tool for heritage property owners as part of the ongoing maintenance of heritage places.
What a logbook should include
A logbook includes essential information about the elements of a heritage place. It is made up of a series of sheets in Microsoft Word format which can be adapted to the specific needs of a heritage place.
The logbook sheets comprise of:
- heritage listings
- property details
- emergency contacts
- site and building details
- site and building plans
- record of inspections and work
- plumbing and other services
- interior and exterior elements.
Download the heritage property maintenance logbook (Word - 188kb).
How to complete each logbook sheet
A sample sheet shows what information to record about a heritage place.
Only complete the relevant sections of a sheet when carrying out a building inspection. Complete the following steps:
- name and/or number each room and allocate a separate sheet for each of them
- reference and mark windows, doors and fireplaces. Doors are considered to be part of the room into which they open
- provide sufficient space to draw a site plan and key plan of each level (including the roof) indicating the main features
- record any additional relevant information in the spaces allocated for sketches/notes.
It may be helpful to use the following abbreviations when looking at the condition of buildings/structures:
- G = Good
- F = Fair
- P = Poor.
View other Council online fact sheets on heritage properties:
- Importance of maintenance
- Glossary of building terms
- Preparing a conservation plan
- Developing a housekeeping plan
For more information, email Council's City Architecture and Heritage team.