Academies land and buildings collection tool

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



Accessing the land and buildings collection tool (LBCT)

The LBCT return will open on 12 November 2020 and has a deadline of 17 December 2020. We will publish the link on this page when the form goes live.

Academy land and buildings collection tool workbook 2020

The workbook will show you all the data fields in the LBCT form and can be used to help you prepare for this return.

You can tailor the Excel workbook suit your own circumstances by deleting sections that aren’t relevant. If you have used the workbook last year you won’t need to complete another.

Please note that we will not accept the workbook as a submission, we will only accept returns made via the online form.

How to contact us if you have queries

If you have any questions about the LBCT return, please contact us using our enquiry form. Please select ‘Academies financial returns’ and quote “LBCT” and your Trust UPIN.

Further guidance

We have also recorded an introductory video explaining all about the LBCT return.

An introduction to the academies land and buildings collection tool

Published 10 July 2017
Last updated 26 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. We have updated the page to change the deadline for submitting the land and buildings collection to 17 December 2020. The form will go live on 12 November 2020.

  2. The deadline for the LBCT passed on 4 November 2019. If you haven't submitted your return please do so as soon as possible.

  3. We have added further guidance on the submission of the form to the DFE.

  4. Please note: the online form will be unavailable on 8 October between 6pm and 9pm for scheduled maintenance.

  5. The land and buildings collection tool is now open, please submit your return by the deadline 4 November 2019.

  6. We have added new LBCT tutorial videos to our HTML guidance to help users complete the form. The go-live for the LBCT is 1 October and the deadline is 4 November.

  7. We have updated the academies land and buildings collection tool (LBCT) guidance page to include new versions of the guidance document and Excel workbook. The page also includes information about how to contacts us after the online form goes live on Tuesday 1 October 2019. The deadline for the LBCT return is Monday 4 November 2019.

  8. Updated the webpage to reflect that the LBCT return deadline has passed and to update the 'how to contact us' with the academy questions details.

  9. Page updated to reinstate the link to the online form for the land and buildings collection tool (LBCT).

  10. Please note: The online form for the academies land and buildings collection tool (LBCT) is currently unavailable due to technical issues. We expect to restore the system by 10am on 31 October 2018.

  11. Due to essential maintenance, the LBCT online form will be unavailable this weekend from 7am on Saturday 20 October to 8am on Monday 22 October. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

  12. We have added the webinar recording and updated the guidance document

  13. We have added tutorial videos for how to add an occupation and asset to your LBCT return.

  14. Updated with a link to the land and building collection tool (LBCT) online form which is now live for academy trusts to use to complete and submit their LBCT return by 5 November 2018. Please sign-up for our [LBCT webinar]( on 10 October 2018 where you'll get further guidance about the LBCT.

  15. We have add extra details to the LBCT guidance documents and included details of the LBCT webinar on 10 October 2018. The form will go live 1 October 2018 and needs to be completed and submitted to the DfE by the 5 Novemeber 2018.

  16. We've updated the LBCT guidance to include a diocesan user guidance document, this will provide further information for academies with church owned land and for diocesan users.

  17. Summary guidance for academy trusts about the land and buildings collection tool. The return will open 1 October 2018 and has a deadline to be submitted to the ESFA by 5 November 2018

  18. Updated the LBCT page to add an introductory guidance video

  19. We've updated this page to include the most recent LBCT webinar which took place on 19 October.

  20. Updated with information for academy trusts with church schools occupying church-owned land.

  21. Updated with revised guidance for completing the land and buildings collection tool

  22. 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.

  23. First published.