Planning and Zoning - Nonconforming Uses
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A nonconforming use is generally defined as “a land use or structure that was legal when established, but does not conform to the restrictions of the current zoning ordinance.” The term “nonconforming use” actually covers several situations, including nonconforming uses, nonconforming lots and nonconforming structures.
Iowa State University, "Planning and Zoning - Nonconforming Uses" (2018). Extension and Outreach Publications. 414.
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