A nonconforming use/structure/lot is defined as a use/structure/lot which was initially permitted and no longer conforms with the regulations of the district in which it is located. Lawful Nonconforming Uses, Structures and Lots are described in Chapter 17.58 of the Oregon City Municipal Code. To be considered a lawful nonconforming use, the applicant must submit evidence demonstrating that the nonconforming nature of the property was established lawfully. The evidence shall also confirm that the nonconforming use/structure has not been discontinued for a period exceeding twelve (12) consecutive months. The applicant is responsible for compiling this evidence and demonstrating that the nonconforming use/structure is lawful. The City will make a written determination of the lawfulness of the nonconforming use/structure based on the information provided by the applicant. Failure to provide sufficient evidence that the nonconforming use/structure was lawfully established and maintained will result in the inability to confirm a lawful status. Once a use/structure is determined to be legally nonconforming, it may continue as it is indefinitely, provided it does not become more nonconforming or stop for more than a year.