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Temple RLUIPA, Religious Land Use and Zoning Legal Services

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You have a land us­e issue. You purchased land with the intention of using it for a Temple and the local government has denied you the ability to use the land for religious assembly due to zoning issues. What can you do?

The experienced attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC can help you with your religious land use issue.

Let us guide you through the process

We serve as your guide, helping you navigate the often complicated process of achieving approval through the local administrative body or any federal court litigation that might be required to securing zoning approval. The professionals at Dalton & Tomich, PLC have successfully confirmed the rights of Temples and other houses of worship in complex religious land use and zoning cases throughout the United States.

We rely on the First Amendment Free Exercise Clause, the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and a federal law called the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Our experience with local administrative bodies and in federal court has led to victories that have enabled Temples and others to pursue their noble missions by expanding existing buildings, acquiring new property and completing new construction projects.

We can often accept a case and begin working with you toward a victory within just a few months. Further, we can pursue remedies including monetary damages, attorney fees and injunctive relief allowing you to secure the permits to open your doors.

Experience counts in religious land use and zoning

Temple leaders and their members benefit from the experience of our religious land use and zoning attorneys, nationally recognized RLUIPA authorities Daniel P. Dalton and Noel W. Sterett. We have more than a decade of experience with hundreds of cases, winning 98% in all litigation files, more than five times greater than the national average win rate for others.

One recent religious land use case grabbed national attention and was featured by The Atlantic magazine. Working closely with the congregation’s leader to overcome discrimination on the part of a local community in New Jersey, we were able to secure a resolution that enabled construction of a 717-seat sanctuary critical to the organization’s growth and mission.

Dan and Noel have been highlighted as authorities on the topic of religious land use in many publications, including The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Dan is the author of the only book dedicated to RLUIPA.

Contact Dan or Noel today. Let us serve as your guide and help you obtain the zoning permits and conditional use approvals to allow your congregation to grow and serve your community.

Temple land use and zoning legal services

Legal services available as we guide your Temple through the religious land use and zoning process may include:

  • working toward necessary approval or denial with the local planning commission or other local administrative body
  • assistance in navigating the local administrative process
  • supporting your action in court by securing expert witnesses, which could include planning, zoning, traffic and other professionals
  • gathering all the facts and evidence
  • collaborating with you to determine how to best prepare and finalize pleadings, then filing suit
  • filing a Motion for Preliminary Injunction at the outset if there is an opportunity to do so
  • pursuing settlement or moving forward to trial, depending on your needs and the best interests of the members of your church
  • updates on the progress of the case, and your budget, throughout the process


The experienced religious land use and zoning attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC will defend your Temple’s right to grow and to worship freely so your organization can thrive.

Connect with a RLUIPA attorney today.