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Church Property - Part 2

A Wisconsin court ruled that a city did not violate the constitutional rights of a church by requiring it to install a sprinkler system in its 35-year-old sanctuary.

Key point 7-08. Most cities have enacted building codes that prescribe minimum standards in the construction of buildings. The courts have ruled that these laws may be applied to churches so long as they are reasonably related to the promotion of public health and safety.

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* A Wisconsin court ruled that a city did not violate the constitutional rights of a church by requiring it to install a sprinkler system in its 35-year-old sanctuary. A church was constructed in 1965. At that time, automatic fire sprinklers were not required by the city's fire code. In 1993, the city granted the church's request for a change of use in the building to include a preschool. Although a sprinkler system could have been required, the city gave the church a variance and allowed it to install smoke detectors instead. When the church wanted to start a school in 1995, the city again did not require ...

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  • July 1, 2002

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