Nonconforming use


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Nonconforming use

A building or use that is inconsistent with an area’s zoning regulations. They may be “grandfathered” in subsequent zoning changes, but upon conversion to a new or adaptive use, will be required to adhere to the applicable regulations, unless a variance is granted.
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"Municipalities don't enjoy the same flexibility when it comes to nonconforming uses and structures.
TheIHC had ordered the CDA,more than once during to past few months, to ensure that all media houses operating in residential areas moved out and stopped the nonconforming use of premises failing which action may be initiated against them in accordance with the CDA law and regulations which include sealing and cancellation of the leases.
Furthermore, the use of agro-farms should adhere strictly to the terms and conditions allowed by the authority, and the nonconforming use of any agro-farming plot should be penalised in accordance with the regulations.
If a permitted nonconforming use is discontinued for a year or more, part or all of it becomes invalid, according to county code.
Action is taken against the nonconforming use of houses in light of the given rules.
"This case is important as it specifically upholds a citizen's right to lawfully continue a nonconforming use. Simply, the government cannot manufacture a zoning violation by changing the rules," he said.
Regarding legal nonconforming use, Shearl contended that when he purchased the property in 1993, the demarcation line ran 230 feet from the highway.
The court, however, considered the legal nonconforming use permitted by the consent judgment as well as the zoning classification.
A nonconforming use of land generally is a use inconsistent with
By definition, a nonconforming use or structure is one in which the use or structure was legally permitted prior to a change in the law, and the change in law would no longer permit the re-establishment of such structure or use.
Regulations emerged in the zoning context that allowed a nonconforming use to continue provided there were no major alterations to the use.