Historically, allotments were governed by a complex framework of legislation:
1. The Allotments (Scotland) Act 1892 as amended by;
2. The Land Settlement (Scotland) Act 1919; and
3. The Allotments (Scotland) Acts of 1922 and 1950
Part 9 of the Act  updates and simplifies allotments legislation, bringing it together in a single instrument, introducing new duties on local authorities to increase transparency on the actions taken to provide allotments in their area and limit waiting times.
Allotments are defined in Part 9 as land that is owned or leased by a local authority and used wholly or mainly for the cultivation of vegetables, fruit, herbs or flowers, and not for profit.