Boards and Commissions: How to Apply

The City of Sunnyvale has ten Council-appointed boards and commissions who advise the City Council on a variety of community issues. Before applying for a board or commission, familiarize yourself with the board or commission that interests you: attend regular meetings, speak with members, Councilmembers or staff, and read meeting minutes. Learn as much as possible about the board or commission, issues it faces, its interactions with City Council as well as the personal time commitment it takes to be a successful commissioner. General eligibility requirements: a Sunnyvale resident and registered voter. Specific membership requirements include:

Arts Commission:

The members of the Arts commission shall have a demonstrated interest in the arts (such as visual, performing, literary) and in the art programs of the City. It is preferable that the Arts Commission include at least one member with a background in visual arts and at least one member with a background in performing arts.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission:
The members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission shall be selected from two categories:  

Category One (four members) shall be bicyclists or pedestrians in the City of Sunnyvale. Every person in this category shall, at the time of his or her appointment, be a registered voter of the City and shall maintain his or her principal place of residence within the City. Should any person so appointed cease to be an elector of the City or cease to maintain his or her principal place of residence within the City, that person shall be ineligible to continue to serve as a member of the commission.

Category Two (three members) shall include members of the PTA or other parent groups, administrations of schools in Sunnyvale, commute coordinators for major employers with the City, members of neighborhood associations, principals or teachers from Sunnyvale schools or persons interested in park and recreational activities in the City. 

Housing and Human Services Commission:
The members of the Housing and Human Services Commission shall have a demonstrated interest in housing or human services issues.

Board of Building Code Appeals:
To be eligible for appointment, each appointee shall be qualified by experience and training to pass upon matters pertaining to building construction. (Source: Municipal Code Chapter 16.08)

Personnel Board:
To be eligible for appointment, each appointee shall neither hold public office or employment nor be a candidate for any other public office or position, nor be a former City employee. (Source: City Charter Article X, Section 1007)

No individual shall be eligible to or continue to serve on the Personnel Board who has a spouse, household member, or designated relative (parent, step-parent, grandparent, child, sister, brother, niece, nephew, uncle, or aunt of the individual or of the individual's spouse), employed by the City of Sunnyvale in a position which has the right to have a disciplinary matter heard before the Personnel Board.   

Planning Commission:
To be eligible for appointment, each appointee shall not hold any paid office or employment in the City government, except that the city manager or his/her designated representative, shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Commission. (Source: City Charter Article X, Section 1009)

Sustainability Commission:
The Sustainability Commission shall be open to individuals with a demonstrated interest in environmental sustainability issues. The members of the commission shall be selected from two categories: category one shall be Sunnyvale registered voters; category two shall be members of the Sunnyvale business community and need not be Sunnyvale residents.

Submit an Application:

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Download your application by clicking the link below, or request an application be mailed to you by contacting the Office of the City Clerk. Complete the application (an incomplete application will disqualify you) and attach any supplementary materials you believe strengthen your application. Return the completed application to the Office of the City Clerk.

When a vacancy arises, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with the City Council. Every candidate has the opportunity to interview with the City Council, although an interview is not required for appointment. Be prepared for questions, arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled interview, and dress in business attire.

Board and Commission Application

Incumbent Request for Reappointment


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