Allotment Rules

The following information is extracted from the Cardiff Council web site – the full document can be found here https://www.outdoorcardiff.com/wp-content/uploads/Cardiff-Allotment-Guide.pdf

The Allotments Act and your Tenancy Agreement dictate how your allotment can be used. The agreement is a legal document and failure to comply with it could result in the termination of your tenancy.

1.0 Summary of the rules

Please note: This summary is provided as a guide to help you understand your tenancy agreement. It is provided for information purposes only and does not replace the terms and conditions of your Allotment Tenancy Agreement.

Under your Allotment Tenancy Agreement, you are expected to:

  1. Maintain your plot in good condition

This means you must:

  • Cultivate all of your plot, keeping it weed free and well-manured.
  • Clear all weeds to prevent them from setting seed and causing nuisance to others.
  • Maintain pathways between your plot and those surrounding it in good condition and free from any obstructions.
  • Display your plot number clearly within the allotment plot.
  • Maintain any sheds, greenhouses or other structures in good condition, otherwise you may be asked to remove them.
  • Leave the plot in good condition, free from rubbish and structures if you decide to terminate your tenancy. The Council will recover the costs of doing this from you if you fail to do so.
  1. Use your allotment only for the approved purpose

This means you must:

  • Use your Allotment plot only for growing produce. You cannot keep livestock and you are not permitted to cut or prune trees for timber.
  • However, you are permitted to prune fruit trees on your plot.
  • Cultivate your plot for the benefit of you and your family and friends.
  • Allotments are not to be used for trade, business or retail.
  • Cultivate the plot yourself. No part of the plot should be sub-let to anyother person.
  • Get permission to locate any building or structure on the plot (see
  • Section 6). No buildings on site are to be used for sleeping accommodation and you must not install any hard surface or patio on your plot.
  1. Be a responsible allotment holder:

This means you must:

  • Always ensure that the gate(s) to the allotment are locked after entering or leaving the site.
  • Keep your keys for your own use. Do not give site keys to other people or allow them to visit the site unsupervised.
  • Ensure your dog remains on your plot at all times if brought to the site
  • Closely supervise any children you bring with you, ensuring they remain on your plot. The allotment site is not a playground.
  • Avoid causing nuisance, damage or annoyance to the council, other allotment tenants or the residents of surrounding property/land. Nuisance could include the use of bad or abusive language, getting drunk, playing loud music or lighting bonfires. No fires are allowed on allotment plots.
  • Ensure no noxious, dangerous or carcinogenic materials are present on the allotment plot. The use of materials containing asbestos is not permitted.
  • Be courteous to other plot holders. Do not use any threatening or abusive behaviour on the site, either physical or verbal.
  • Make sure your plot is kept in a tidy condition. You are not allowed to bring domestic refuse onto the site or allow any waste materials to accumulate on the plot. Old carpets must not be used to cover bare ground before planting. See Section 5 for alternative ways of reducing weed growth.
  • Retain all topsoil and subsoil on your plot. You may not remove or sell any mineral, gravel, sand or clay from the allotment site.
  • Visit the site only in daylight hours. Do not visit before sunrise or after sunset.
  1. Reduce, re-use and recycle

This means you must:

  • Compost all soft vegetable waste on your plot, compost and recycle as much as possible
  • Use water sparingly, harvest rainwater where possible. Consider collecting rain water in water tanks for use on the plot. Do not use hosepipes.
  1. Get appropriate permission from the Council when required

You will need formal permission for:

  • Planting trees (other than small growing fruit trees) on an allotment site
  • Building a shed, greenhouse, pond, fence or any other structure on the allotment
  1. Ensure payments and records are up to date

This means you must:

  • Be a Cardiff resident to hold an allotment, unless the Council consents otherwise.
  • Pay your rent promptly when you receive your bill
  • Contact the Council if you change your address
  • Tell the both the Council and the Site Secretary when you decide to give up your plot, we have waiting lists for all sites

What happens if I breach the rules?

Your tenancy may be terminated if you do not comply with the allotment rules. Depending on how you have breached the rules this will happen in one of two ways:

  • Breach of rules, including non payment of rent

The Council will give you one months notice in writing that tenancy is to be terminated.

  • Conviction of theft from any allotment plot by the tenant or any person invited by them onto the allotment site
    Your Tenancy Agreement will terminate immediately and without notice

2.0 PAYING FOR YOUR PLOT

Allotment invoices

Invoices for new plots will be issued as soon as the Council has received a completed tenancy agreement and undertaking form. Invoices are issued annually in January for the Allotment year which runs from the 2 February each year.

How is my payment calculated?

This is how we will calculate your first payment:

  • Tenants who take on an allotment before 1 December in any year will be sent an invoice for that year.
  • Tenants who take on an allotment between 1 December and 1 February will be sent an allotment invoice shortly after 1 January for the following allotment year
  • One invoice will be issued per plot and any allotment invoice sent will include both rent and water charges.
  • Please note you will be notified of the annual rental increase a minimum of 28 days before the invoice is issued.

When tenants receive an invoice, payment methods are clearly listed on the invoice. Cheques should be made payable to Cardiff Council.

Reduced Allotment rent

Tenants are entitled to a reduced rent for an allotment plot if they are:

  • Over 60 years of age
  • MAX card holders

You should provide your date of birth and details of your MAX card when you sign your tenancy agreement form.