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 three (3) current commission vacancies:

  1. The first is on the Civil Service Commission for a partial term ending June 30, 2018 - with applications due to the City Clerk's Office by 5:00pm on February 13, 2018. Interviews for the Civil Service Commission are scheduled for March 22, 2018 at 5:30pm, and will be held in City Hall Council Chambers. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early.  
  2. The second vacancy is on the Planning Commission for a partial term ending June 30, 2021 - with applications due to the City Clerk's Office by 5:00pm on February 27, 2018. Interviews for the Planning Commission are scheduled for April 10, 2018 from 5:00pm-7:00pm, and will be held in City Hall Council Chambers. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early.  
  3. The third vacancy is on the Parks and Recreation Commission for a partial term ending June 30, 2019 - with applications due to the City Clerk's Office by 5:00pm on March 28, 2018.

Interviews and Appointment to fill the Parks and Recreation vacancy will be scheduled for a future meeting.  

Expected Openings

The City expects the following openings to occur due to term-limits of Board/Commission/Committee members in the next few years. Please be sure to submit an interest form (below) with the City Clerk's Office and sign up for eNotify to receive information regarding mid-year vacancies due to the resignation of board/commission members.

Board/Commission/Committee 2018
2019 2020
Board of Library Trustees 1 0 0
Civil Service 0 0 1
Cultural 0 1 0
Historical and Landmarks 2 0 0
Housing Rehabilitation Loan 0 1 0
Parks and Recreation 0 2 2
Planning 0 0 1
Senior Advisory 0
1 0
Youth 15 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 that you: read the Guide for Board, Commissions and Committee Applicants (PDF), look at upcoming openings, attend meetings, and/or submit an Application during a promotion of vacancy.

Interest Form and e-Notify

If you would like to be added to the Board and 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 and Commissions; including the names of current and past appointees as well as term dates.

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