Allotment co-workers

How to register a co-worker to your allotment, and request to transfer your plot to a co-worker.

How to register a co-worker

You can share cultivation on your allotment by registering a co-worker. Once signed up, co-workers have a key so they can work unsupervised on the plot.

Co-workers have no legal tenancy rights and are not responsible for any part of the rent. You're not allowed to take money from your co-worker for using your plot.

The maximum number of co-workers per plot is:

  • standard plot – 2
  • double plot – 3

To register a co-worker on your plot, contact your site representative. They’ll give you 2 copies of the co-worker’s agreement form to fill in, as well as spare keys for your co-worker once they’ve been signed up. 

Send one copy of the form to The Allotments Service, Montague House, Montague Place, Brighton, BN2 1JE. The other copy is for you to keep. You will need to complete 2 copies of the agreement per co-worker. 

If you want more than 3 co-workers on your plot, you’ll need to register as a community gardening group.

Allotment tenants are responsible for the behaviour of their co-workers. If a co-worker breaks the tenancy rules, we can end their co-worker status.

How to transfer your plot to a co-worker

A co-worker can take over your tenancy, if they've been registered to your plot for a minimum of two years. Plot transfers are not automatic and must be agreed to by the Allotments Service.

A transfer won't be agreed until a co-worker has worked on the plot for at least as long as the person at the top of the waiting list has been waiting. This is to stop co-workers getting a plot before people on the waiting list.

To complete a plot transfer we’ll need to:

  • check your co-worker has been registered to your plot for the required amount of time
  • receive a written request from the current tenant
  • receive a new tenancy agreement from the co-worker
  • agree to the plot transfer

Plot transfers are completed towards the end of summer. This means the new tenant can be on our database in time for the following year’s invoice.

When we transfer a tenancy to a co-worker, we'll remove them from the allotment waiting lists. You need to update us if you’re taking over a tenancy, this helps us keep the waiting lists up to date.

To arrange a plot transfer, send an email to