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(a) (1) The Division of Planning shall issue a certificate of nonconformity for legally nonconforming uses and structures if the nonconformity is included in an inventory of nonconformities created by the City or upon application by the owner, if the owner can document in detail the extent of nonconforming land uses, structures, signs, and/or lots or parcels at the time the nonconformity was established.
(2) The inventory of nonconformities shall contain the detailed information that must be contained in a certificate. If there is no inventory, an owner of a nonconformity can obtain a certificate if he or she can establish the extent and nature of the nonconformity at the time it was established. The nonconformity must be in existence at the time the relevant ordinance(s) were adopted or amended. A nonconformity can be established through photographs, maps and drawings, and written statements describing the nonconforming use at the time it became nonconforming. In the case of a transient occupancy use, annual nonconformity must be proven through the following methods: documentation of the previous years’ Federal tax return and State tax return showing income from the property providing transient occupancy and executed rental agreements from the previous year.
(b) A certificate of nonconformity shall describe the nonconforming land uses, structures, signs, and/or lots or parcels in sufficient detail so that a reasonable person can determine how the nonconformity is not in compliance with present or previous land development regulations. A map with drawings, with the location, height and size of structures and signs, and the area of the nonconformity shall be attached to the certificate.
(c) The City may rely on the description and/or map of a nonconformity in a certificate of nonconformity in determining whether a nonconformity has been discontinued, destroyed, changed or expanded.
(d) A Certificate of Nonconformity shall not entitle a property owner the re- establishment of a nonconforming use or reconstruction of a nonconforming structure. However, it shall serve as a base line record of the nonconformity when a property owner is requesting to reconstruct or re-establish a nonconformity.
(Ord. 17-088. Passed 5-8-17.)