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52-71 General Provisions
In specified districts, specified non-conforming signs, specific non-conforming uses of land with minor improvements, specified non-conforming objectionable uses, certain specific types of uses involving open storage or salvage, non-conforming adult establishments, or certain non-conforming public parking lots may be continued for a reasonable period of useful life as set forth in this Chapter, provided that after the expiration of that period such non-conforming uses shall terminate in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter.
52-72 Land With Minor Improvements
In all Residence Districts, a non-conforming use of land with minor improvements listed in Use Group 11A, 16, 17 or 18 may be continued for three years after December 15, 1961, or such later date that the use becomes non-conforming, provided that after the expiration of that period such non-conforming use shall terminate, and thereafter such land shall be used only for a conforming use.
52-73 Non-Conforming Signs
52-731 Advertising Signs
In all Residence Districts, a non-conforming advertising sign may be continued for 10 years after December 15, 1961, or such later date that such sign becomes non-conforming, providing that after the expiration of that period such non-conforming advertising sign shall terminate.
52-732 Signs on Awnings or Canopies
In all Residence or Commercial Districts, a non-conforming sign on an awning or canopy may be continued for one year after December 15, 1961, or such later date that such sign becomes non-conforming, provided that after the expiration of that period such non-conforming sign shall terminate.
52-733 Advertising Signs on Waterways
On all waterways adjacent to Residence, Commercial or Manufacturing Districts and within view from an arterial highway, a non-conforming advertising sign may be continued for one year after July 23, 1964, if already in operation on April 15, 1964; provided that after the expiration of this period such non-conforming advertising sign shall terminate.
For the purposes of this Section, an advertising sign is a sign that directs attention to a profession, business, commodity, service or entertainment conducted, sold or offered elsewhere than upon the premises of the vessel and is not accessory to a use on such vessel.
52-734 Non-Conforming Signs for Adult Establishments
In all districts, a non-conforming sign for an adult establishment shall terminate within one year from October 25, 1995, or from such later date that such sign becomes non-conforming, except that such sign may be continued for a limited period of time by the Board of Standards and Appeals, pursuant to Section 72-40 (AMORTIZATION OF CERTAIN ADULT ESTABLISHMENTS AND SIGNS FOR ADULT ESTABLISHMENTS).
52-74 Uses Objectionable in Residence Districts
In all Residence Districts, any of the following objectionable uses listed in Use Group 18, other than a use of land with minor improvements:
Coal storage;
Dumps, marine transfer stations for garbage, or slag piles;
Junk or salvage yards, including auto wrecking or similar establishments (whether or not such yard is enclosed);
Lumber yards (whether or not such yard is enclosed);
Manure, peat or topsoil storage;
Scrap metal, junk, paper or rags storage, sorting or baling (whether or not the yard in which such use is conducted is enclosed);
that:
  1. involves activities not located within a completely enclosed building; and
  2. involves the use of buildings or other structures or other improvements with a total assessed valuation, excluding land, of less than $20,000 as determined from the assessment rolls effective on the date established for termination;

    may be continued for 10 years after December 15, 1961, or such later date that the use becomes non-conforming, provided that after the expiration of that period such non-conforming use shall terminate, and thereafter such land or building or other structure shall be used only for a conforming use.
52-75 Certain Types of Uses Involving Open Storage or Salvage
In all districts, non-conforming building materials or contractors' yards, or non-conforming junk or salvage yards, including auto wrecking or similar establishments, or non-conforming scrap metal, junk, paper or rags storage, sorting or baling may be continued subject to the applicable provisions set forth herein, whichever impose the greater restriction.
  1. In Residence Districts, where such use constitutes a non-conforming use of land with minor improvements, the provisions of Section 52-72 (Land With Minor Improvements) apply.
  2. In Residence Districts, where such use constitutes a use other than a use of land with minor improvements, and meets the criteria set forth in Section 52-74 (Uses Objectionable in Residence Districts), the provisions of Section 52-74 apply.
  3. In all districts where such use is non-conforming with respect to the required enclosure as set forth in the listing of such use in Sections 42-14 (Use Group 17) or 42-15 (Use Group 18), and is either conforming or non-conforming in other respects, it may be continued without such enclosure until a date three years from February 8, 1968, or from such later date that the use becomes non-conforming. Thereafter, any such use which does not conform with the enclosure requirements shall be terminated, and the land shall be used only for a conforming use.
52-77 Termination of Adult Establishments
In all districts, a non-conforming adult establishment shall terminate within one year from October 25, 1995, or from such later date that the adult establishment becomes non-conforming, except that such establishment may be continued for a limited period of time by the Board of Standards and Appeals pursuant to Section 72-40 (AMORTIZATION OF CERTAIN ADULT ESTABLISHMENTS AND SIGNS FOR ADULT ESTABLISHMENTS). However, the provisions of this Section shall not apply to an adult establishment subject to the provisions of paragraph (f) of Section 32-01 or 42-01 (Special Provisions for Adult Establishments).

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Appendix A Selected Rules of the Department of Buildings [PDF] (page 131)
, photographs and leases demonstrating that the non-conforming use existed prior to the relevant date. Affidavits, Department cashier’s receipts ...