Boards & Commissions


Boards and Commissions

There are six City Boards and Commissions:

  • Building Code Board of Appeals
  • Community Activities Commission
  • Forest and Beach Commission
  • Historic Resources Board
  • Harrison Memorial Library Board of Trustees
  • Planning Commission

City Boards and Commissions advise and assist the City Council in dealing with specific projects, policies, and issues.

Terms of office are 4 years, with the exception of the Harrison Memorial Library Board of Trustees who serve 3 year terms. Terms run through April 30. Vacancies occur on a rotating basis each year and the City recruits to fill these vacancies each March and April. 

To serve on a Board or Commission, you must reside either within the City limits or within its sphere of influence.

Contact the City Clerk’s Office for more information (831) 620-2016 or


The City is accepting applications for a current vacancy on the Forest and Beach Commission through Dec. 6, 2023
Apply now for one (1) open seat on the Forest and Beach Commission with a term expiring 5/30/2025.


The Forest and Beach Commission comprises five members, responsible for advising and assisting the City Council on forestry and beach-related issues, policies, and projects. Their duties also involve developing a management plan for the urban forest, parks, and beach in alignment with the City’s General Plan.


Applicants must be residents of Carmel-by-the-Sea, or reside in the City’s Sphere of Influence. Ideal candidates should be interested in or familiar with the City’s parks and open spaces.