Louisiana Civil Code

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TITLE V - BUILDING RESTRICTIONS

Art. 775. Building restrictions are charges imposed by the owner of an immovable in pursuance of a general plan governing building standards, specified uses, and improvements. The plan must be feasible and capable of being preserved. [Acts 1977, No. 170, §1]

Art. 776. Building restrictions may be established only by juridical act executed by the owner of an immovable or by all the owners of the affected immovables. Once established, building restrictions may be amended or terminated as provided in this Title. [Acts 1977, No. 170, §1; Acts 1999, No. 309, §1, eff. June 16, 1999]

Art. 777. Building restrictions are incorporeal immovables and real rights likened to predial servitudes.

They are regulated by application of the rules governing predial servitudes to the extent that their application is compatible with the nature of building restrictions. [Acts 1977, No. 170, §1]

Art. 778. Building restrictions may impose on owners of immovables affirmative duties that are reasonable and necessary for the maintenance of the general plan. Building restrictions may not impose upon the owner of an immovable or his successors the obligation to pay a fee or other charge on the occasion of an alienation, lease or encumbrance of the immovable. [Acts 1977, No. 170, §1; Acts 2010, No. 938, §2, eff. Jul. 2, 2010]

Art. 779. Building restrictions may be enforced by mandatory and prohibitory injunctions without regard to the limitations of Article 3601 of the Code of Civil Procedure. [Acts 1977, No. 170, §1]

Art. 780. Building restrictions may be amended, whether such amendment lessens or increases a restriction, or may terminate or be terminated, as provided in the act that establishes them. In the absence of such provision, building restrictions may be amended or terminated for the whole or a part of the restricted area by agreement of owners representing more than one-half of the land area affected by the restrictions, excluding streets and street rights-of-way, if the restrictions have been in effect for at least fifteen years, or by agreement of both owners representing two-thirds of the land area affected and two-thirds of the owners of the land affected by the restrictions, excluding streets and street rights-of-way, if the restrictions have been in effect for more than ten years. [Acts 1977, No. 170, §1. Amended by Acts 1980, No. 310, §1. Acts 1983, No. 129, §1; Acts 1999, No. 309, §1, eff. June 16, 1999]

Art. 781. No action for injunction or for damages on account of the violation of a building restriction may be brought after two years from the commencement of a noticeable violation. After the lapse of this period, the immovable on which the violation occurred is freed of the restriction that has been violated. [Acts 1977, No.170, §1]

Art. 782. Building restrictions terminate by abandonment of the whole plan or by a general abandonment of a particular restriction. When the entire plan is abandoned the affected area is freed of all restrictions; when a particular restriction is abandoned, the affected area is freed of that restriction only. [Acts 1977, No. 170, §1]

Art. 783. Doubt as to the existence, validity, or extent of building restrictions is resolved in favor of the unrestricted use of the immovable. The provisions of the Louisiana Condominium Act, the Louisiana Timesharing Act, and the Louisiana Homeowners Association Act shall supersede any and all provisions of this Title in the event of a conflict. [Acts 1977, No. 170, §1; Acts 1999, No. 309, §1, eff. June 16, 1999]

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