The City's commissions act in an advisory capacity to the City Council, providing a conduit for citizen input on numerous issues pertaining to Santa Clara. From planning the City's festivities or its physical environment; to preserving its history and maintaining its parks or libraries, these positions are vital to a well-run and receptive city government. All offer an opportunity for citizens to truly be involved with their community.

To learn more, click on the commission of your interest below:

To view the current roster of all commissions, click on the link below:

Serve on a Commission

Serving on a commission is an excellent way to give back to the community. Members have the opportunity to serve their fellow citizens and provide guidance and recommendations on specific issues for Council consideration. They contribute to the public process and help make a positive impact in the community. In addition, commissioners have opportunities to socialize, network, build their professional skillset and resume. They also have the opportunity to attend, participate, or organize special events and in some instances attend state or national conferences.

Current Openings
There are currently openings on the Board of Library Trustees, Planning Commission and Cultural Commission. 

Board/Commission/Committee Application Deadline
5:00 pm
Board of Library Trustees June 16, 2016 June 21, 2016
6:00 pm
Planning Commission June 16, 2016 June 21, 2016
7:00 pm
Cultural Commission July 14, 2016 July 19, 2016
6:00 pm

Below is a list of upcoming openings.

2016 2017 2018
Board of Library Trustees 3 - 1
Civil Service - - -
Cultural   1 1 -
Historical & Landmarks   - - 2
Housing Rehabilitation Loan   - - -
Parks & Recreation   - - -
Planning   2 1 -
Senior Advisory  - - -
Youth   - 15 15


Santa Clara residents who are registered voters or are eligible to register to vote may apply to be a commissioner. The Youth Commission is open to Santa Clara residents between the ages of 12-19 years old.

If you are interested in becoming a commissioner, we recommend reading the Guide for Board, Commissions and Committee Applicants (PDF), looking at upcoming openings, attending meetings, and then submitting an Application during a promotion of vacancy.

Interest Form and e-Notify
If you would like to added to the Board & Commissions contact distribution list, please submit an Interest Form or sign up for e-Notify and select the Board or Commission of your interest to receive emails about future openings and other news.  If you would like to serve the City in another capacity there are opportunities to become a City volunteer or volunteer at a local community organization

The following links provide the roster history of the Board & Commissions; including the names of current and past appointees as well as term dates. 

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