Boards and Commissions Recruitment

Fall recruitment is open! Apply today.

The City of Palo Alto has eight Boards and Commissions appointed by the City Council. The Boards and Commissions focus on specific areas of discussion. Members volunteer their time and expertise to review items before they are reviewed by the City Council. All Boards and Commissions have a term end-date for either the Spring or Fall. For more information on the procedures, please review the Boards and Commissions Handbook(PDF, 2MB). Contact the City Clerk's Office at for further questions.

Recruitment Status

We continuously accept applications, regardless of current openings. This applies for all Boards and Commissions.

  • Fall Recruitment Open - Actively Accepting Applications: We have positions available! Review below for terms, and the number of vacancies.
  • Spring Recruitment Closed - Accepting Applications: There are no open positions available. We are accepting applications for all Boards and Commissions, and we will contact you when a position opens up.

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Submit an Application

Apply to positions online through the forms listed below within each recruitment period. Please locate the appropriate Board, Commission, and/or Committee application that you wish to apply. Applications are accepted continuously. We strongly encourage filling out the forms thoroughly. For more information, please reach out to

Fall Recruitment is open until October 19 at 4:30 p.m. Submit an application today!

Boards and Commissions Fall Recruitment (Apply Now)

Fall Active Recruitment - Open until October 19, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Board/Commission/Committee Application Recruitment
Architectural Review Board Architectural Review Board
3 Open Positions
(3-year terms ending December 15, 2024)
Historic Resources Board Historic Resources Board
1 Open Position
(Unexpired term ending December 15, 2022)
Parks and Recreation Commission Parks and Recreation Commission
4 Open Positions
(3 positions with 3-year terms ending December 15, 2024;
1 unexpired term ending December 15, 2022)
Planning and Transportation Commission Planning and Transportation
Commission Application
2 Open Positions
(4-year terms ending December 15, 2025)

All terms will end December 15. Review the 2021 Maddy Act Posting(PDF, 76KB) for information on terms ending this year.

Boards and Commissions Spring Recruitment