What does “undue hardship” mean?

The Board’s authority is limited to hearing cases and granting variances based on undue hardship. There is no one definition of undue hardship because each applicant has their own unique set of circumstances. Traditionally, hardship has resulted from specific site and/or building characteristics or aspects (e.g., irregular shape, slope) as opposed to those which are personal or generated by the owner. It is the applicant’s responsibility to clearly state the basis for the appeal in their application submission and demonstrate the "hardship" that would result from full compliance with the City’s Zoning Bylaw regulations.

Please contact the Clerk’s Office by email or call 604-927-3010 if you have further questions relative to ’undue hardship’.

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1. What is the Board of Variance?
2. How often does the Board meet?
3. What does “undue hardship” mean?
4. How do I apply?
5. What happens with my application after I have submitted it?
6. What are the procedures at the Board of Variance meeting?
7. How do I find out the Board’s decisions?
8. How long is the Board approval valid for?
9. Who can I contact for more information?
10. Is there a fee?
11. When are the meetings?