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.
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