Join a Commission, Committee or Board

Petaluma's 15 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 UGB

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 - June 2021 Update

The annual recruitment period to fill vacancies closed on May 31, 2021; however, the seats listed below remain vacant. Applications for these vacancies are being accepted on an open and continuous basis until the seats are filled. Click HERE to download the General Application.

(1 Regular Member; 4-year term)

(1 Regular Member; 2-year term)

(3 Regular Members; 2-year term)

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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 download a flyer with current vacancies.

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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.

Information Handout


Planning Supplemental Questionnaire

Historic & Cultural Preservation Supplemental

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