• 29 minutes

What is Nonconforming Use?


Nonconforming uses are disfavored.

A nonconforming use is a use that was lawful when established but because of changes in zoning ordinance regulations, no longer complies with zoning ordinance requirements. Examples include a change in dimensional requirements for buildings and parking, such as setbacks, building height and lot coverage; changes in allowed uses; and changes in property lines to name a few. This video discusses differences between city and county laws; and distinguishes nonconforming use from a vested right.

Runtime: 28 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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