Boards & Commissions


Boards and Commissions

There are six City Boards and Commissions:

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


Apply to be on a City Board or Commission!

Are you passionate about serving the Carmel-by-the-Sea community? Apply to be on one of the City’s Boards or Commissions.

We are looking for applicants for:

  • Forest & Beach Commission (2 vacancies)  
  • Historic Resources Board (1 vacancy)

To serve on the Planning Commission you must live within the 1-square mile of the Carmel-by-the-Sea City limits. To serve on all other boards or commissions you must live within the 1-square mile of the Carmel-by-the-Sea City limits OR within the sphere of influence


Climate Committee