The Aquired Rights

The concept of ” acquired rights ” is generally used in municipal law, in relation to the zoning rules.

It is common for a municipal authority to change its zoning or development plan.

So, what happens if a business operates in a given zone, in accordance with authorized uses, and the by-law changes and now prohibits commercial uses?

This is where the concept of acquired rights becomes important since it allows, under several conditions, the continuation of the previous use.

However, it is only the usage that is protected by the acquired rights.

For more information, do not hesitate to consult us.


Vanessa Low-Ken
Legal technician
Charland Avocat Inc.
Centropolis Laval
500-3055, boul. Saint-Martin Ouest
Laval (Québec) H7T 0J3
Phone: (450) 934-8700
Fax: (450) 934-8748