nonconforming use
nonconforming use see use 2

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

nonconforming use
n.
A use of property that began lawfully before the creation of a zoning restriction that makes it unlawful; see also variance

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


nonconforming use
The existing use (for example, residential, commercial, agricultural, light industrial) of a parcel of real estate that is now zoned for other kind of use Generally, a nonconforming use is permitted only if the use was legally established but now violates a zoning ordinance because the property was rezoned or the law was changed. For example, a corner parcel that has been used for a gasoline station for years might lie in an area now zoned for residential use only. The nonconforming use will be allowed ("grandfathered in"), but if the station were torn down or abandoned for a certain period of time, only residential use would be allowed going forward.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Homeowners

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


nonconforming use
Continuing use of real property, permitted by zoning ordinances, in a manner in which other similar plots of land in the same area cannot ordinarily be used.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


nonconforming use
Continuing use of real property, permitted by zoning ordinances, in a manner in which other similar plots of land in the same area cannot ordinarily be used.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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