Join a Commission, Committee or Board

Petaluma's Commissions, Committees, and Boards (CCBs) provide important oversight to City operations and the decision-making process.

While the Council alone has the power to adopt policies, issue proclamations, and complete other official acts, the CCBs do important background work that helps to inform Council decisions.

To be a member of a City Commission, Committee, or Board, you must apply and be appointed by the City Council. In most cases you must also be a City of Petaluma resident.

Here are some exceptions:

Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC) – 2 may live outside city limits but within county

Public Art Committee – must be within Urban Growth Boundary

Senior Advisory Committee – residence must have Petaluma mailing address

Youth Commission – must live within school districts

Link to Petaluma's Commission, Committee, and Board pages

Vacancies - October 2022 Update

The City Council made annual appointments to City committees and commissions in June 2022. Due to limited applications as well as resignations, vacancies remain on some committees and commissions. The City Clerk is currently accepting applications for the positions listed below. Appointments will be made by the City Council as appropriate.


Alternatively, if you prefer to fill out a hard-copy application, you can access the hard-copy form HERE and submit it to the City Clerk's Office via email: [email protected]; mail: 11 English Street, Petaluma, CA; or in-person during City Hall office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am - 2pm.

(1 Regular Member, for an incomplete term ending June 30, 2024)

(1 Regular Member, for an incomplete term ending June 30, 2024)

(up to 19 youth members for two-year terms ending June 30, 2024)

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Term Requirements

Commission, Committee, and Board members generally serve two-, three-, or four-year overlapping terms. There is no monetary compensation or benefits for their time or their service. At the end of the term, the City Council may reappoint the member or fill the vacancy.

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Commissions, Committees, and Boards must establish their rules for operating, solicit community input at public meetings, make budget recommendations, advise and make recommendations to the City Council, and follow city policies.

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Vacancies arise when a member's term ends or, in some cases, when a member resigns before his/her term ends. Click HERE to view vacancies on the new CCB portal.

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Advisory group members must be familiar with the community, understand local issues, commit to the term of services, and have established community relationships.

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