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Seeking Residents to Serve

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.

Commissioners have opportunities to socialize, network, build their professional skillset and resume. They will sometimes have the opportunity to attend, participate, or organize special events. In some instances, appointed commissioners have opportunities to attend state or national conferences. If you are interested, we recommend reading the applicant guide, looking at the upcoming available positions, attending meetings, and then applying.  

Below is a graph listing all the upcoming openings for the City's board & commissions.  Please fill out a Board & Commission Interest Form below to receive information on upcoming positions. Currently, there is one opening on the Historical and Landmarks Commission for the partial term ending June 30, 2016. For more information, click here.

Guide for Applicants (PDF)

Board & Commission Application (PDF)

Board & Commission Interest Form (PDF)

Hands and Keyboard  Upcoming Positions  


Santa Clara residents who are registered voters or are eligible to register to vote may apply to be a commissioner. For Youth Commissioners, they must be Santa Clara residents and of the ages 12 to 19.

Find Out More

Santa Clara residents who want more information, to be placed on the mailing list, or receive an application form, may contact the City Clerk's Office via email at or visit at 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050.

You may call the Clerk's Office on weekdays during business hours at (408) 615-2220.

If you'd like to serve the city in another capacity there are opportunities to sit on a non-appointed committee or you can join a city-affiliated volunteer group.

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