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 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.

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

Recruitment Email List

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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 Applications (Apply now to ARB!) - ARB, HRB, PRC, PTC

Special ARB Recruitment - Open until January 31, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.
All other boards or commissions are closed but we accept applications continuously.

Board or Commission Application Recruitment
Architectural Review Board Architectural Review Board
2 Open Positions
(1 position with 3-year term; 1 unexpired position)
Historic Resources Board Historic Resources Board

Parks and Recreation Commission Parks and Recreation Commission
Planning and Transportation Commission Planning and Transportation
Commission Application

All terms will end December 15. Review the 2021 Maddy Act Posting(PDF, 117KB) for information on terms ending this year.

Spring Recruitment Applications - HRC, PAC, SWMOC, UAC

Recruitment is closed but we accept applications continuously.

Board, Commission, or Committee Application
Human Relations Commission Human Relations Commission
Public Art Commission Public Art Commission
Storm Water Management
Oversight Committee
Storm Water Management
Oversight Committee
Utilities Advisory Commission Utilities Advisory Commission

All applicable terms will end on May 31. Review the 2021 Maddy Act Posting(PDF, 117KB) for information on terms ending this year.