Gain Insights From Past RLUIPA Cases

Church land use and zoning cases are complex, even for a property dispute lawyer. Relocating or building a church, mosque, temple, school or synagogue isn’t just a simple real estate transaction. Religious institutions often encounter discrimination from municipalities and other local governments before or during the land use planning process. This can include denial of a zoning variance or conditional use permit along with a number of other planning commission decisions.

As the RLUIPA cases below show, religious organizations have protections under the law that can be exercised. The roadblocks that are put in the way can be overcome with the right legal strategy.

Using Our Case Studies

Case studies highlighting many RLUIPA case victories and rulings since 2015 can be found here. They are informative examples for any land use lawyer who is planning to represent a religious entity. These studies also give religious entities a better idea of whether RLUIPA or a related act applies to their own case.

You will find RLUIPA cases argued at all levels, from contesting the decision of planning boards in the local county court to the Circuit Court of Appeals to federal courts. These cases take place in cities throughout the United States. We also discuss rulings on how RLUIPA can be applied and other court decisions that impact a religious group’s land use rights.


RLUIPA Religious Land Use Case: Church of Our Savior – Jacksonville Beach, Florida

On November 25, 2014, District Judge Timothy Corrigan from the […]

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RLUIPA Religious Land Use Case: Lighthouse Community Church of God – Redford, Michigan

Lighthouse Community Church of God (“Lighthouse”), a historic African American […]

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RLUIPA Religious Land Use Case: Lighthouse Rescue Mission – Hattiesburg, Mississippi

The federal court in Hattiesburg, Mississippi has approved a settlement […]

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RLUIPA Protections

The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) protects organizations like yours from discrimination when local governments try to unjustly prevent or hinder construction projects and land use. Religious institutions across the country have won RLUIPA cases and successfully defended their rights to acquire and occupy new land with the help of the experienced religious land use and zoning attorneys at Dalton & Tomich, PLC.