The provisions of this chapter shall be interpreted to be the minimum requirements adopted for the promotion of the health, safety, morals or the general welfare of the City of Haverhill, Massachusetts, and except for the Zoning Ordinance adopted by the City Council on June 12, 1956, and all subsequent amendments thereto, the provisions of this chapter are not intended to repeal, amend, abrogate, annul or in any way impair or interfere with any lawfully adopted ordinance, covenants, regulations or rules. Whenever the regulations made under the authority hereof differ from those prescribed by any statute, ordinance or other regulation, that provision which imposes the greater restriction or the higher standard shall govern.
[Amended 6-6-1978 by Doc. 103-C]
Except as herein provided, or as specifically exempted by the Zoning Act, the provisions of this chapter shall apply to the erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration or use of buildings, structures or use of land. Except as herein provided, any existing conforming use, structure or lot shall not by any action become nonconforming, and any existing nonconforming use, structure or lot shall not become further nonconforming.