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 (exceptions are Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee; Public Art Committee; Senior Advisory Committee; & Youth Commission).

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


Vacancies arise when a member's term ends or, in some cases, when a member resigns before his/her term ends.

The City Council appoints members to City committees and commissions annually in June. Due to resignations, some vacancies exist on committees and commissions. The City Clerk is currently accepting applications to fill the vacancies listed below (click for info about each committee). 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.


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.


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

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