Boards and Commissions
Raleigh citizens have the opportunity to volunteer their services to the City without pay on various boards and commissions. Some of these are established in the City Charter; others are set up by the Mayor or City Council to perform special, limited functions.
There are two different types of boards and commissions for citizens appointment. Some are appointed entirely by City officials, and the rest are jointly appointed by the City and other organizations.
City Appointed Boards and Commissions
- Appearance Commission
- Arts Commission
- Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission
- Civil Service Commission
- Convention Center Commission
- Electrical Examining Board
- Environmental Advisory Board
- Fair Housing Hearing Board
- Historic Cemeteries Advisory Board
- Historical Resources and Museum Advisory Board
- Housing Appeals Board
- Housing Authority Board
- Human Relations Commission
- Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities
- Mechanical Examining Board
- Parks Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board
- Planning Commission
- Plumbing Examining Board
- Public Art and Design Board
- Raleigh Historic Development Commission
- Raleigh Transit Authority
- Stormwater Management Advisory Commission
- Substance Abuse Advisory Commission
Joint Boards and Commissions
If you would like to be considered for service on a board or commission, please complete the Online Interest Form.
How do I know if there is a vacancy?
Vacancies are listed in the "Appointments" section on the City Council agenda near the very end.
You can also contact the City Clerk's office at 919-996-3040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get information on vacancies.
What happens after I have been nominated by a Councilor?
When nominations are called for at the regular City Council meeting, a councilor will present your name to the City Council for voting. The City Council will vote on the nomination by secret ballot, although the results will be made public. If the candidate receives five votes from the City Council, the candidate is approved to serve on that board or commission.
How long can I serve on a board/commission?
Where not specified by law, the City has the policy to appoint citizens to serve two-year terms with a maximum of six consecutive years of service on any specific board or commission. Citizens may serve on no more than two boards or commissions at one time.
Is there official language pertaining to this process?
Yes, the process of appointments to boards and commissions can be found in the City's municipal code:
Part 1. General Government, Chapter 4. Boards And Commissions.