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Certificates of zoning compliance for new, altered, or nonconforming uses
(a) It shall be unlawful to use or occupy or permit the use of occupancy of any building or premises, or both, or part thereof created, erected, changed, converted, or wholly or partly altered on enlarged in its use or structure until a certificate of zoning compliance shall have been issued therefor by the building inspector stating that the proposed use of the building or land conforms to the requirements of this chapter.

(b) No nonconforming structure or use shall be maintained, renewed, changed, or extended until a certificate of zoning compliance shall have been issued by the building inspector. The certificate of zoning compliance shall state specifically wherein the nonconforming use differs from the provisions of this chapter, provided that upon enactment or amendment of this chapter, owners or occupants of nonconforming uses or structures shall have three months to apply for certificate of zoning compliance. Failure to make such application within three months shall be presumptive evidence that the property was in conforming use at the time of enactment or amendment of this chapter.

(c) No permit for erection, alteration, moving or repair of any building shall be issued until an application has been made for a certificate of zoning compliance, and the certificate shall be issued in conformity with the provisions of this chapter upon completion of the work.

(d) A temporary certificate of zoning compliance may be issued by the building inspector for a period not exceeding six months during alterations or partial occupancy of a building pending its completions, provided that such temporary certificate may require such conditions and safeguards as will protect the safety of the occupants and the public.

(e) The building inspector shall maintain a record of all certificates of zoning compliance, and copies shall be furnished upon request to any person.

(f) Failure to obtain a certificate of zoning compliance shall be a violation of this chapter and punishable under section 52-5.
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