• 10 minutes

Abandonment, Termination and Reestablishment of a Nonconforming Use


After termination, the use must comply with existing zoning regulations.

You should want, in most cases, to preserve your development if it is nonconforming as nonconforming especially if it’s a use issue or if it’s a very unique development issue because it can be very lucrative. If use is ended by owner, was there intent to do so? The time period of abandonment is usually a year but can vary. Within the time period, the use can be reestablished. Lack of occupation of residence for protracted period is a common issue. This video will the many issues in dealing with abandonment, termination and reestablishment.

Runtime: 9 minutes



Garrett H. Stephenson

Garrett H. Stephenson

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

  • Of Counsel with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
  • Member of the real estate and land use practice groups
  • Has significant experience in negotiations with local governments related to permit exactions, required public improvements, and eminent domain
  • Represents private and public clients in a variety of land use and municipal law matters, including complex land use entitlements, regulatory due diligence, and local and state-level appeals
  • Past city planner and land use planning consultant
  • J.D. degree, cum laude, Lewis and Clark Law School; B.A. degree, magna cum laude, Willamette University
  • Can be contacted at 503-796-2893 or [email protected]

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