Jeopardizing Your Non-Conforming Use Status Under Local Property Zoning Regulations

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UPDATED: Jul 16, 2021

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You can lose the non-conforming status protection your property was granted under the local zoning regulations, in the following situations:

(1) local zoning authorities change their minds and take steps to gradually cancel the nonconforming use over time;

(2) you substantially change the existing use of the business (i.e., a garage becomes a Blockbuster video franchise), your building is damaged or destroyed (i.e., your garage has to be rebuilt because of a fire), you shut down operations for several months (the length of time varies with local law), you discontinue operations entirely, or you significantly expand your business operations (i.e., your garage now includes an auto parts store).

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