Top 10 Things Churches Need to Know About Zoning
- Zoning laws can prevent your congregation (whether by lease or purchase) from using land or buildings in many areas. They can also prevent you from expanding current facilities.
- Include a "zoning contingency clause" in any real estate contract to protect your congregation from a financial loss if permission to rezone the property is not obtained by authorities.
- Check zoning laws in advance. If you plan to purchase land or expand your present facilities, check with municipal officials before you shop.
- Get legal advice from a lawyer well-informed about zoning and real estate issues.
- Spiritual warfare can be a factor. If your church is building the kingdom of God, be prepared for opposition. Such battles are not won with lawyers, realtors, or money, but with prayer, fasting, discernment, gentleness, and patience.
- Spiritual warfare isn't always the main factor. Don't over-spiritualize the battles or demonize those opposed to you. Neighbors worried about traffic, parking, lighting, or drainage may have legitimate concerns.