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Colorado Supreme Court – Ruling Summary Sheetz v. County of El Dorado, California

In April 2024, The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a unanimous ruling favoring property rights by prohibiting governments from imposing hefty development fees on property owners in exchange for building permits. The decision emerged from a lawsuit filed by a California landowner, George Sheetz, who contested a $23,000 fee required for a permit to build a home on his property. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and other housing groups lauded the ruling as a significant victory against what they deemed to be excessive fees hindering development projects. The decision empowers developers and home builders to challenge such fees imposed by local governments for public improvements.

For more information, you can read the ruling here.

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