General CDS Covenants

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  • Purchasing Land and Paying Tier
  • Tier Meter Expiration
  • General Rules
  • Approval of Buildings
  • Scripts and Particles
  • Commercial Zoning
  • Terms of Service

These covenants apply to all CDS regions. You must read these general covenants AND the region specific covenants for the region you are purchasing in; see links at bottom of this page for those.

Purchasing Land and Paying Tier

Step 1: Buy the land through the About Land tab. Your first month’s tier is paid when you purchase the land (no cost for the land itself).

Step 2: An Estate Manager will set the tier box to your name, and include your first 30 days as ‘paid’. You pay the tier box at the end of your 30 days and keep it current in order to maintain your ownership and your citizenship.

By purchasing a parcel you become a citizen of the CDS. We encourage you to get to know your fellow citizens, come to events and meetings, and read the constitution and laws on the CDS website.

  • Tier is paid to CDS and not to Linden Labs. You do not need a Premium account to become a citizen in CDS.
  • The Linden Lab Premium Account land allowance does not apply to and is not credited towards ownership of land within CDS.Status as citizen in this community is dependent on making regular payment of the monthly fee for a least one parcel.
  • Status as a citizen in this community is dependent upon making regular payment of the monthly fee for at least one parcel.
  • Land owners may directly sell their parcel to another individual only with the assistance of a CDS Estate Manager.
  • Some zones within individual CDS regions have specific parcel ownership restrictions.

Tier Meter Expiration

  • Your responsibility for monthly parcel fees continues until you mark the tierbox “Won’t Renew”, you abandon the property though About Land, you notify the Chancellor in writing of your intention to vacate, or you are evicted for non-payment
  • Your status as a citizen in this community is dependent upon making regular payment of the monthly fee for this land, which will be reclaimed by the community if you do not make this payment.
  • Your rights to sell the property are revoked once tier is in arrears.

General Rules

  • All buildings in CDS must be physically plausible, based on the architectural technology of the historical period and culture of the CDS region in which the property is located.
  • Use no “Full Bright” settings on any of your objects out of doors.
  • Vendors must be inside of buildings and are only allowed on commercially zoned lots.
  • No global ban lines. You DO have the right to ban specific individuals from your parcel.
  • No security devices below 1000 meters.
  • Keep skyboxes and build platforms above 1000 meters and within parcel limits.
  • No subleasing.
  • Nudity allowed only within private residences. Our regions are rated ‘moderate’.
  • No weapons are permitted.
  • No SL or RL pornography is permitted.
  • All non-natural, non-environmental sounds must be restricted to the parcel boundaries.
  • All greeter scripts must be restricted to the parcel boundaries.

Approval of Buildings

  • All structures are subject to review by the Land Use Commission (LUC). Upon completion of exterior construction, notice shall be delivered by the LUC to the Chancellor for approval. Builders also have the option of submitting plans to the LUC for pre-approval.
  • Within each region there are public and private structures that can only be modified with prior approval by the Chancellor. See specific Regional Covenants below.
  • Adjustments to land within region specific tolerances, to accommodate complying structures, may be made by Estate Managers.
  • Variances may be granted for terraforming requests beyond the region specific tolerances.
  • Buildings under construction for longer than 24 hours must be kept above 1000 m.

Scripts and Particles

  • Excessive script usage adversely affects region performance and is not permitted. The determination of excessive is at the sole discretion of the Chancellor.
  • Scripts which use llListen (voice command) are permitted if they listen only after a touch and then deactivate after a certain period of time.
  • Scripts that spy on other residents, record or transmit chat, spy on movement/activities are not permitted with the exception of visitor counters, item givers, statistics collectors, etc., which may be used for commercial purposes within a public, commercial establishment.
  • Private security scripts may be used above 1000 m and range within the owner’s parcel borders and give intruders a 30-second warning prior to ejection.
  • Particles may be used in effects that have real-world analogies, such as lights, smoke, and fire. Floating, particle emitting and rotating signs are prohibited.
  • Scripts and particles attached to avatars are unregulated.

Commercial Zoning: Clubs and other Businesses

  • Clubs and businesses shall be established in commercially defined zones. See specific regional covenants.
  • All clubs are subject to review by the Chancellor. Normally only one club per region is allowed and that on terms negotiated in advance and enforced by the Chancellor.

Terms of Service

All terms and conditions of service set forth by Linden Lab, both in their official Terms of Service (TOS) and in all official blog posts, forum posts or other official statements regarding policy, allowed behaviour and terms of service must be adhered to first and foremost prior to the application of this covenant. Under no circumstances does the CDS permit any behaviour or actions not permitted by the Linden Lab TOS or publicized policy. These covenants are subject to change from time to time as the elected governing bodies see fit. Changes shall be effective upon publication.

These General CDS Covenants were approved by the 22nd RA, April 19, 2015.

For more about each sim and to read the current covenants, visit their individual pages:

*The 27th RA changed the maximum number of parcels allowed per citizen to 12. August 6, 2017 and removed the total m2 and references to ‘Hippo’, and restriction of 3 months max tier payment at the Sept. 3, 2017 RA meeting.