5.1.1   Purpose and scope.
      (A)   General. In the provisions established by this ordinance, there exist uses of land, structures, lots of record, and signs that were lawfully established before this ordinance was adopted or amended, that now do not conform to its terms and requirements. The purpose and intent of this article is to regulate and limit the continued existence of those uses, structures, lots of record, and signs that do not conform to the provisions of this ordinance, or any subsequent amendments.
      (B)   Permit, but not encourage nonconformities to continue. It is the intent of this ordinance to permit most of these nonconformities to continue until they are removed, but not to encourage their continuance except under the limited circumstances established in this article. The provisions of this article are designed to curtail substantial investment in nonconformities.
   5.1.2   Authority to continue. Nonconformities are allowed to continue in accordance with the requirements of this article, and are encouraged to receive routine maintenance as a means of preserving safety and appearance.
   5.1.3   Determination of nonconforming status. In all cases, the burden of establishing that a nonconformity lawfully exists shall be the responsibility of the owner of the land on which the alleged nonconformity is located.
   5.1.4   Minor repairs and maintenance. Minor repairs and normal maintenance, as defined in this ordinance, that are required to keep nonconforming uses, structures, lots of record, and signs in a safe condition are permitted, provided the minor repair or maintenance does not extend, expand, or enlarge the nonconforming use, structure, lot of record, or sign.
(Ord. A.21.01, passed 6-3-2021)