How to apply for an allotment

If you want to apply for an allotment, you’ll need to join the waiting list. For this there's a one off administration fee of £16. This will rise to £16.60 when the 2018-19 budget comes into effect in October.

For more information about why there's an administration fee, visit Brighton & Hove Allotment Federation.

You can apply for an allotment if you:

  • live in Brighton & Hove
  • are over 18 years of age
  • do not already have an allotment, unless you're applying for a limited mobility plot
  • have less than 2 allotments per household

Cost of an allotment

Currently plots are charged at 0.3045p per square metre for example:

Half plot 125 square metres approx. £38.06 per year
Whole Plot 250 square metres approx. £76.13 per year


Rent for the 2018-19 growing year will rise by 4%, as agreed by the council budget meeting on 22 February 2018. From October plots will be charged at 0.3167p per square metre.


You can apply for an allotment free of charge, and receive 25% off your yearly rent if you:

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

If you're 60 years of age or over, you only need to provide proof of age once. After that, we’ll automatically apply your concession. 

Send a photocopy to The Allotments Service, Stanmer Nursery, Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN1 9SE. Or send a photo or scanned copy by email to, one of the following documents: 

  • free bus pass
  • driving license
  • passport

Please send or email an accompanying letter including your name, site and plot number.

If you want to apply for student or benefit reduction, you need to re-apply each year. 

Please submit your proof before invoices are sent out in September. You won't receive a backdated refund if you submit proof after invoices are issued.

You can find out your waiting list position three weeks after you've reserved a plot.