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Top 10 Things Churches Need to Know About Zoning

A zoning attorney gives advice before you buy or build your next church facility.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Check zoning laws in advance. If you plan to purchase land or expand your present facilities, check with municipal officials before you shop.
  4. Get legal advice from a lawyer well-informed about zoning and real estate issues.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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