Boards and Commissions Recruitment

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 and make recommendations before they are reviewed by the City Council. All Board and Commission terms end on March 31, per Ordinance 5529.

Recruitment Status

We continuously accept applications, regardless of current openings. Subscribe to our Board and Commissions Email Newsletter to receive recruitment updates.

Hybrid meetings for boards, commissions, and committees began March 1, 2022.

In-person and virtual teleconference participation are available to the public. The Council Chambers and Community Meeting Room, located in City Hall at 250 Hamilton Ave, are the physical location for all meeting groups. (Please note: Ad Hoc Committees remain virtual-only). Learn more about hybrid meeting attendance.


Submit an Application

Apply to interested Board/Commission through the online forms listed below. Applications are accepted continuously. Several questions on an applicant's background and Board/Commission-specific insights will be asked. We strongly encourage filling out the forms thoroughly.

Board or Commission Application
Architectural Review Board Architectural Review Board
Application
Historic Resources Board Historic Resources Board
Application
Human Relations Commission Human Relations Commission
Application
Parks and Recreation Commission Parks and Recreation Commission
Application
Public Art Commission Public Art Commission
Application
Planning and Transportation Commission Planning and Transportation
Commission Application
Storm Water Management
Oversight Committee
Storm Water Management
Oversight Committee
Application
Utilities Advisory Commission Utilities Advisory Commission
Application