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Planning a Church Building Project

Planning a Church Building Project

Learn about zoning laws, property sales, church construction, financing, and more.
Pastor, Church & Law

Building Codes Member access only

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ChurchLawAndTax.com

Is Your Church Prepared to Host a Large Event?

Assessment: Use this quiz to assess your preparedness.
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Meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements Member access only

Does our church need to meet ADA requirements?
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Energy Efficiency Pays Off Member access only

Being a good steward of the planet's resources is financially beneficial.
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Prepare the Way  Member access only

Practical ways to make your church accessible to all.
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Zoned Out Member access only

Why churches end up on the outskirts of town—and what you can do about it.
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Church Finance Today

The Dirt on Real Estate Disclosures Member access only

What must be revealed before a property is sold?
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Church Law & Tax Report

Zoning Member 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.
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Church Property - Part 1 Member 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.
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Zoning Member 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.
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Zoning - Part 1 Member access only

A Michigan court ruled that a trial court acted improperly in dismissing a church's claim that a city violated RLUIPA.
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Zoning - Part 2 Member 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.
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Church Property - Part 2 Member access only

A Missouri court ruled that a "restrictive covenant" contained in the deed to church property prevented a church from building a parking lot.
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Church Law & Tax Report

Zoning - Part 1 Member 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.
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Church Law & Tax Report

Zoning - Part 2 Member access only

A Pennsylvania court ruled that a commercial child care center was a permissible "accessory use" of church property under the zoning ordinance.
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Zoning - Part 3 Member 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.
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Zoning Member 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.
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Zoning Member access only

A federal district court in California ruled that a city could not seize a church's property through eminent domain.
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Churches—Definition Member 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.
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