Existing use is when a piece of land is being used in a way that’s not allowed under the zoning in that area.
For example, in Swan Hill there might be industries in areas zoned Residential 1. Normally industries are banned from this zone.
However, the use of this land is legal if the property was there before the current planning scheme came into effect. This is known as existing use rights.
This means that the property can continue to be used in that way, even if the current zoning doesn’t allow it.
A planning permit is also needed for any works to an existing use property.
Swan Hill Planning Scheme – Existing Use Rights (pdf 27kb)