Find out about the what your responsibilities are as an allotment holder, how we inspect this, and view the tenancy agreement.

Allotment Tenancy Agreement

Once you have received an offer of an allotment and visited the site with the Allotments Officer to view the plot, the Allotment Tenancy Agreement needs to be read and signed by you and returned to us. Once we have received a signed copy we will send you the key to the site.

All the site rules are contained within the  Icon for pdf Allotment Tenancy Agreement

 The key points in the agreement require the tenant to:

  • Pay a yearly invoice within 40 days of receiving the bill.
  • Keep the plot reasonably free of weeds.
  • Cultivate at least 25% of the plot within the first three months and the whole plot within one year.
  • Maintain surrounding boundaries and pathways to the plot.
  • Keep the plot free from rubbish and unused items and ensure any items that are brought onto the allotment are stored neatly.
  • Apply for permission to erect a Icon for pdf shed, Icon for pdf greenhouse, Icon for pdf polytunnel or plant Icon for pdf fruit trees.
  • Only light bonfires on the plot with prior agreement from us and in accordance with our guidelines on domestic bonfires.
  • Apply for permission to Icon for pdf keep hens and Icon for pdf keep rabbitson the allotment and in accordance with our Icon for pdf guidelines on keeping hens and Icon for pdf guidelines on keeping rabbits.



We regularly inspect our sites and plots to ensure that the rules contained within the agreement are being adhered to. The process of enforcement is essential to ensure that standards on our allotments are improved to the benefit of current tenants, people who are on the waiting list, the surrounding community and the local environment.  

If any of the clauses within the tenancy agreement are breached by the tenant then we start the enforcement process by sending a notice. As long as the breach is remedied within the required 28 days, then the tenancy does not have to be terminated. Inspections are also important to ensure that the basics on the allotment site, such as fences, gates and water are maintained.