Non-Conforming Use Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Non-Conforming Use, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Non-Conforming Use?

It is referred to the use of the real property on which the activity is ongoing even before the the zone ordinance is passed, as long as it’s the same activity continued forever.It means if there is a liquor store on a property, and it had been there even before the Zone ordinance was passed( where they have decided to use the property for residential purpose only) may have violated such ordinance, but will still use the real property for that same liquor store.If the liquor store is converted into a convinient store, it would not be allowed as ordinance was passed for the residential only.