Latest news down at the allotments

Waiting list administration fee

It currently costs £16 to join the allotment waiting list. When the council 's 2018-19 budget comes into effect this will rise to £16.60.

We introduced the waiting list administration fee on 1 August 2017. This fee is a recommendation of the current Allotment Strategy (2014-24). The strategy was created by the council in partnership with the Brighton & Hove Allotment Federation and The Food Partnership, in consultation with allotment holders in the city.

Please visit the Brighton & Hove Allotment Federation website for more details.

You will be able to join the waiting list for an allotment free of charge if you

  • are 60 years of age or over
  • are a full-time student
  • receive a long-term disability allowance
  • get the majority of your income from benefits, such as income support

Find out more

Allotments - the basics

Brighton & Hove has one of the largest allotment services in the country with 36 sites and with almost 3000 tenants. We also have limited mobility allotments at Weald (Hove), Foredown (Portslade) and Coldean (Brighton).


We charge rent based on the square metre size of individual plots. The allotment rent for the 2018-19 growing year will rise by 4%, as agreed by the council budget meeting on 22 February 2018. So from October we will be charging 0.3167p per square metre.

Allotment rent example

For just £39.59 per year, you could get a 'half' plot measuring approximately 125 square metres. Alternatively, for £79.18 per year you could get 'whole' plot measuring approximately 250 square metres, for those with more time and aiming for a greater yield of fruit and vegetables.

Concessions pricing

A 25% concession is available for people 60 years of age or older, full-time students, those in receipt of long-term disability allowance and those whose majority income is derived from benefits such as income support. Applicants for senior citizen concession need only provide proof of age once, after which the concession will be applied automatically each year. Allotment tenants applying for student or benefit concessions need to provide proof annually (dated no earlier than May/June 2018)

Pay your allotment fees

The allotment rent year runs from 1 October to 30 September. Allotment invoices are sent out in early October and you can pay your allotment fees online anytime. Please select ‘Allotments’ in the drop down menu and put in your invoice reference number. Tenants taking up an allotment within the rent year will be invoiced for the remainder of the year at a pro rata amount.

Rules and further information

A copy of the allotments rulebook (PDF 280KB) is available to download and there is also information available on composting and green gardening.