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14.80.020 Nonconforming Uses.
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A. Continuation. Any legally established nonconforming use may be continued subject to the provisions of this section; provided, that other than ordinary maintenance and repair, the nonconforming use or building is not changed, enlarged, or extended in a manner which increases or reinforces its degree of nonconformity.

B. Abandonment. If a nonconforming use is abandoned or discontinued for a period of 12 consecutive months or more, the nonconforming status of the use is terminated, and any future use of the land or structures shall be in conformity with the provisions of this title. The mere presence of a structure, equipment, or material shall not be deemed to constitute the continuance of a nonconforming use unless the structure, equipment, or material is actually being occupied or employed in maintaining such use.

C. Change in Tenancy. Change of tenancy, ownership, or management shall not affect legal nonconforming status.

D. Nuisances. Nuisances as defined by state law or City ordinance shall not enjoy legal nonconforming status.

E. Ordinance 1419. No downzone provided for in the areas of the City rezoned by Ordinance 1419 shall be deemed to have the effect of creating a nonconforming use of multifamily dwelling structures, which were permitted uses on March 20, 1979. Permitted multifamily units existing on March 20, 1979, in the areas rezoned by Ordinance 1419, shall continue without any nonconforming use status attaching to those existing uses; provided, that any reconstruction, remodeling or other revision of such multifamily dwelling structures will be subject to the provisions of this title. (Ord. 2338, 2017) (Ord. 2338, 2017.)

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