What the law says about religious land use

  • Updated: August 31, 2012 - 10:22 PM

WHAT THE LAW SAYS

The 2000 Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act limits a city's control over where places of worship locate and expand.

• Cities cannot enact land use regulations that impose a "substantial burden" on a person's religious practice.

• Any limits must be set by the "least restrictive means."

• People challenging a regulation must prove that it imposes a substantial burden on the exercise of religion.

• Local governments must pay attorneys' fees for any plaintiff who successfully challenges a regulation.

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