Renting an allotment from City of Lincoln Council
Allotments have their own legislation which dictate how allotments should be used. This page provides a Plain English interpretation of the legislation.
Persistently breaking any of rules mentioned will result in you being sent a Notice to Quit your allotment plot.
- You can plant herbs and flowers as well as fruit and vegetables
- If your site has gates, you must always ensure you lock them behind you
- You can bring your dog on site as long as it’s kept on a lead at all times
- You can build a pond, as long as it’s built in a way that’s not dangerous to people and animals
- You can have a small lawned area as long as it’s regularly mown
- You must erect a clearly visible number board on your plot
- Fruit trees can be grown but should not exceed 2 metres (we would suggest using a dwarf roof stock)
- Dwarf fruit trees such as apple and pear trees may be grown in restricted forms such as espaliers or cordons
- If you have fruit bushes/ trees etc, you must maintain the area around them
- You must cultivate and keep free from weeds at least 75 per cent of your plot
- If there is a shed on the plot you must maintain it in a serviceable and safe condition
- You must pay your allotment invoice with 40 days of receiving it
- Always inform the Allotments Officer if you change your address
- Permit entry to shed/structures for allotment staff at any time requested
- If you vacate the plot, you must remove all belongings immediately
- Paths either side of your plot should be maintained and kept to a minimum width of 50cm 500mm)
- Always inform us if you have any problems
- You are responsible for maintaining the inside of any hedge adjacent to your plot
- You are responsible for any hedges or trees within your plot
- Use water sparingly
- Compost and recycle as much as you can
- Get permission from the Allotments Office if you wish to erect structures or if you wish to keep chickens, rabbits or bees on the plot
- You are not allowed to sublet your plot or transfer your tenancy
- You are not allowed to use your plot for any trade or business
- You are not allowed to bring onto or use carpets on allotment plots
- You are not allowed to bring rubbish onto the site or store it on your plot
- You are not allowed to block communal pathways
- You are not allowed to have smoky bonfires that cause a nuisance or leave fires unattended
- You must not use a sprinkler system to water crops
- You are not allowed to stay overnight on your allotment plot
- You are not allowed to cause a nuisance to other plotholders or neighbouring householders – for example, nuisance could include bad language, threats, getting drunk, playing loud music or racist language
- You or your children are not allowed to go onto other peoples plots unless they have given you permission to do so
- You are not allowed to dig up paths between plot
- You are not allowed to use any form of harassment or violence on-site, be it physical or verbal
- You are not allowed to let your dog stray onto or foul on paths or plots
- You are not allowed to give your key to other people or allow them to visit your plot unsupervised
- You are not allowed to bring firearms onto allotment sites
- You are not allowed to keep cockerels, turkeys, pigeons, pigs, sheep, goats or horses on allotment plots
- You must not bring any harmful objects onto the site, such as, banned chemicals, asbestos, builders rubble, broken glass, scrap metal, tyres and general refuse
- From the start of your tenancy, you have a three month probationary period in which enforcement for non-cultivation is not applicable.
- Good cultivation involves a regular level of work with crops planted or ground prepared ready for planting and a virtually weed-free plot.
- If you have fruit bushes/ trees, the area around them must be maintained to a high standard and not be allowed to become overgrown and covered in weeds.
- You should not allow your plot to become covered in weeds that seed or spread.
- If you fail to pay your invoice within 40 days or fail to improve the condition of your plot following enforcement letters being issued, you will be issued with a one-month Notice to Quit.