Chapter 17.68
NONCONFORMING USES

Sections:

17.68.010    Conformity required when.

17.68.020    Changing to conforming use.

17.68.030    Changing to nonconforming use prohibited.

17.68.040    Destruction – Rebuild or repair.

17.68.050    Extension – Maintenance.

17.68.060    Nonconforming buildings.

17.68.010 Conformity required when.

The lawful use of any land, premises or building existing at the time of passage of this title, although the use does not conform to the provisions thereof, may be continued; but if said nonconforming use ceases for a period of six months, or in the case of churches existing prior to June 2008 ceases for a period of eighteen months, any further use of such premises shall be in conformity with the provisions of this title. (Ord. 1514 § 2 (Exh. A) (part), 2016: Ord. 1364 § 1, 2008: Ord. 314 § 17A(1), 1962).

17.68.020 Changing to conforming use.

A nonconforming use shall not be changed to any other use unless changed to a conforming use. (Ord. 1514 § 2 (Exh. A) (part), 2016: Ord. 314 § 17A(2), 1962).

17.68.030 Changing to nonconforming use prohibited.

A nonconforming use if changed to a conforming use may not thereafter be changed back to a nonconforming use. (Ord. 1514 § 2 (Exh. A) (part), 2016: Ord. 314 § 17A(3), 1962).

17.68.040 Destruction – Rebuild or repair.

If a nonconforming use is destroyed by fire or other causes, to the extent that fifty percent of the total floor area exclusive of basement is unusable, it shall not be rebuilt, except in conformity to this title. (Ord. 1533 § 6 (Exh. 74) (part), 2017: Ord. 1514 § 2 (Exh. A) (part), 2016: Ord. 314 § 17A(4), 1962).

17.68.050 Extension – Maintenance.

A nonconforming use of a structure shall not be extended. The extension of a nonconforming use to any other portion of the building which was arranged or designed for such nonconforming use shall not be deemed the extension of a nonconforming use. A structure containing a nonconforming use may be maintained in conformance with the standards of the city building code. (Ord. 1514 § 2 (Exh. A) (part), 2016: Ord. 314 § 17A(5), 1962).

17.68.060 Nonconforming buildings.

In cases of nonconforming buildings which contain conforming uses, the administrator of this title shall have within the framework of conditions established below the authority to allow an addition or extension to a nonconforming building when said addition or extension would be no less conforming as to setback distances than the existing structure, and provided that the nonconforming addition shall be no longer in lineal feet along the nonconforming setback than fifty percent of the lineal length of the existing nonconformity. The authority to grant permission for the addition or extension of a nonconforming building shall be authorized provided the addition or extension of this nonconforming building is not in conflict with the comprehensive plan of development or character of the area in which the nonconforming building is located. (Ord. 1514 § 2 (Exh. A) (part), 2016: Ord. 314 § 17B, 1962).