How do I sign up for an allotment?

Please go to this page and fill out the application form.  This will place you on a waiting list for your chosen allotment(s).  Receipt of your application will be confirmed by automatic email.  If you do not receive this email please resubmit your application form.

You can apply for a plot on up to 3 different sites. If you apply for a 4th site your application will be declined.  If you wish to change which 3 sites you have applied for please contact the Administrator.

What size are the plots and how much do they cost each year?

  • Plot size A Plots up to 75 square yards: £24/£14.25
  • Plot size B Plots from 76 to 150 square yards: £48/£29
  • Plot size C Plots from 151 to 300 square yards: £96/£58
  • Plot size D Plots from 301 to 450 square yards: £130/£76

Is there a deposit?

Yes, you need to pay a £40 deposit (£20 for concessions) when you first let your plot. This will be returned to you when you end your tenancy agreement if your plot is in a good state. There is also a £5 key deposit for our locked sites.

How do I pay for my plot?

There are several ways to pay: on this website at http://yorkallotments.org/pay-for-your-plot/  (You will need your Invoice Number and your Tenant ID Number found at the top of your invoice),  by cheque made payable to York Allotments Charitable Incorporated Organisation and posted to the address below, or if you need to pay by cash you can contact the Administrator for a special paying in slip that can be used to pay in cash at a Post Office.

Unfortunately we cannot take payments by telephone or bank transfer.

What concessions are available?

You are entitled to a 40% concession from the full rent if you are:

  • in receipt of a state pension
  • registered disabled
  • in receipt of Universal Credit
  • a full time student

Tenants with concessions will be required to confirm each year by completing the appropriate form sent to them by the Administrator that they are still eligible. Failure to do so will result in the loss of the concessions and full payment will be required. A tenant may only have one plot eligible for a concession.

Application for Concessionary Rent Form

Can I keep bees and livestock?

Yes, we have two special Apiary sites at Bootham Stray and Carr Lane allotments for beekeepers.  The rent for these sites is £10 per year for a pallet stand that can have a maximum of 3 hives on it.  Please follow the normal application process by applying here and choose ‘Apiary’ as the plot type.

Please consult your site secretary regarding keeping of livestock.  For some sites this is not possible due to their location or security. Only pigeons, rabbits, hens (no cockerels) and waterfowl may be kept on allotment sites.  If you do wish to keep livestock on your plot then you must fill out an application form and an additional charge will apply.

Guidelines for Poultry and Pigeons on Allotments

Can I put up a shed on my plot?

Certain sites have restrictions on erecting structures and you must always get permission from your site secretary and fill out an application form.  Each allotment site has established rules for the positioning of sheds. The general rule is that the sheds on any row of plots are lined up at one end or the other of the plots. You can read our guidelines for sheds and structures below:

Guidelines for Sheds and Structures


I’ve got a question that isn’t answered here!

For any other queries please use our Contact Us page to ask us a question. You can also visit our News page, which has information about recent allotment issues.

Charity Registration Number: 1174306

Registered Address: 
York Allotments Charitable Incorporated Organisation
Popeshead Court Offices
Peter Lane