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Avoiding Church Lawsuits

Avoiding Church Lawsuits

Create proactive procedures to avoid common reasons why churches most often go to court.
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Simple Tips for Launching a Business at Church

Starting a business at your church can be a powerful draw and provide an often surprising outreach opportunity.
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Watch Your Step

Business activity in your church can impact employment policies and zoning.
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Church Law and Tax Report

Zoned Out Subscriber access only

Why churches end up on the outskirts of town—and what you can do about it.
New York
Church Law and Tax Report

Church's Application for Special Use Permit Denied Subscriber access only

City refuses to allow a church to move into an area zoned for industrial use.
Church Law and Tax Report

Zoning - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A city did not violate the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by denying a church's request for a permit to operate a day care program in a residential neighborhood.
Church Law and Tax Report

Zoning - Part 2 Subscriber access only

Local zoning laws generally allow “churches” in residential areas.
Church Law and Tax Report

Church Property - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A Texas court ruled that a church had to be evicted from its property because its use of the property for religious purposes violated a "restrictive covenant" in a prior deed.
Church Law and Tax Report

Zoning Subscriber access only

A church's rights under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act were not violated by a city's denial of its application for a conditional use permit to construct a new sanctuary.
Church Law and Tax Report

Church Property - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A city ordinance requiring a church to "tap in" to a city sewer line, at a substantial cost, did not violate the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) or the First Amendment.
Church Law and Tax Report

Zoning Subscriber access only

A Kansas court ruled that a neighboring landowner waited too long to halt a church construction project that in his opinion violated setback requirements in the local zoning law.
Church Law and Tax Report

Zoning - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A Michigan court ruled that a trial court acted improperly in dismissing a church's claim that a city violated RLUIPA.
Church Law and Tax Report

Zoning - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A Missouri court ruled that a city did not violate the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom in refusing to grant a church's request for a permit to construct a sign on its property.
Church Law and Tax Report

Zoning - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A Washington court ruled that a county zoning board did not violate the First Amendment by denying a denominational headquarters the right to build.
Church Law and Tax Report

Zoning - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A Pennsylvania court ruled that a commercial child care center was a permissible "accessory use" of church property under the zoning ordinance.
Church Law and Tax Report

Zoning - Part 3 Subscriber access only

A federal court in New York ruled that a city's refusal to issue a special use permit to allow a religious day school to expand its facilities violated federal law.
Church Law and Tax Report

Zoning Subscriber access only

A Connecticut appeals court ruled that a city zoning commission acted improperly in denying a church's application for a special use permit.
Church Law and Tax Report

Zoning Subscriber access only

A federal district court in California ruled that a city could not seize a church's property through eminent domain.
Church Law and Tax Report

Churches—Definition Subscriber access only

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that the term “church” is not limited to buildings that are owned by a religious congregation, but also includes rented facilities.
Church Law and Tax Report

Church Property - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A Colorado court ruled that a church had to demolish or “modify” a new addition that it built in violation of a local building code.
Church Law and Tax Report

Church Property - Part 4 Subscriber access only

A North Carolina court ruled that a “restrictive covenant” in a deed to a church’s property requiring it to use the property for residential purposes was not legally enforceable.
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