Academies land and buildings collection tool

Guide to help academy trusts submit their land and buildings collection tool to the ESFA.



We will provide the updated 2018 guidance documents ahead of the LBCT2018 release in October later this year. We’ve also published a brief introduction explaining why we’ve introduced the LBCT.

You can also view an intorductory video explaining what the LBCT is.

Accessing the land and buildings collection tool

The land and buildings collection tool is closed but it will re-open later in the year ready for the 2018 collection

Registering to access the LBCT

The online form uses the IDAMS registration service and trusts must be registered and set up to use the service before they can access the form.

Read this guide on how to register and set up the online forms for the LBCT.


We will publish an updated LBCT workbook where you can tailor the workbook to your own circumstances by deleting sections that you don’t need.

You may not use the workbook to submit your trust’s LBCT. You must use the online form.

ESFA questions

If you have any questions about the LBCT, please contact us using our enquiry form. Please put “LBCT” at the top of the form.

Published 10 July 2017
Last updated 27 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated the LBCT page to add an introductory guidance video
  2. We've updated this page to include the most recent LBCT webinar which took place on 19 October.
  3. Updated with information for academy trusts with church schools occupying church-owned land.
  4. Updated with revised guidance for completing the land and buildings collection tool
  5. Updated attachments to change the terminology for a 'right of use' occupation to 'customary occupation' and 'leasehold improvement' to 'alteration of non-freehold land/building' to match the language in the online form.
  6. First published.