Boards and Commissions

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How Do I Apply To Serve On An Advisory Body?

You may submit your application online. Or, you may also complete the downloadable PDF application and return completed applications to the City Clerk's Office in person or by fax, mail, or email:

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What Do Boards and Commissions Do?

Residents are the underpinning of our community and the Mayor and City Council encourage your participation on a Board or Commission (Advisory Bodies). The City's Advisory Bodies are groups of volunteers that advise the City Council and staff on matters that affect policy and issues that will affect the future of the community. The Advisory Bodies have been established to:

  1. Advise the City Council on matters within their area of interest;
  2. Enable more attention to be given to specific issues and problems;
  3. Act as a channel of communication between City government and the public;
  4. Provide a greater opportunity for citizen participation in the affairs of local government, and,
  5. Make decisions on matters where the City Council has granted them authority to act.

Who Can Be Appointed To An Advisory Body?

Each member of a Board or Commission must either: live, work, or go to school within the City of Palm Springs. Applicants under the age of 18 will be considered. The City Council may also consider unique knowledge, skill, or experience in appointing a member to a Board or Commission, notwithstanding that the candidate may not live, work, or go to school in Palm Springs. 

An appointment to a Board or Commission is for a term of three years; however, existing commissioners are eligible for an additional reappointment, provided that the total number of years on such Commission or Board shall not exceed seven years. All appointees are subject to financial disclosure, including sources of income, property, investments, and gifts. Some commissions have additional qualifiers.

Can I Attend An Advisory Body Meeting?

Yes, the public is welcome to attend the meetings of advisory bodies. If you are interested in serving on an advisory body, you are highly encouraged to attend at least one of the advisory body meetings before applying (view meeting agendas).

Boards and Commissions in Palm Springs are:

Are Advisory Body Members Compensated?

No, members of all Advisory Bodies serve without compensation for their services, but may receive reimbursements for necessary travel and other expenses incurred for official duty when such expenditure have been authorized.

Is There Training For Advisory Body Members?

The City Clerk's Office and the City Attorney's Office conducts training on a periodic basis to review Conflict of Interest laws, the Brown Act/Open Meeting laws, and best practices for meeting management. In addition, Advisory Body members are required to complete an online AB-1234 Ethics Training offered through the Fair Political Practices Commission. This training must be completed with 12 months of appointment, and every two years thereafter.

Local Appointments List (Maddy Act)

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54971, the Local Appointments List is posted on or before December 31st of each year and contains a list of all appointive terms, the names of the incumbent appointees, the date of appointment, the date the term expires, and the necessary qualifications of the position. Note: The names on the list are subject to change based on term expiration and resignations that may occur throughout the year.

How Can I Learn More About The Advisory Bodies?

To assist you in selecting the area in which your qualifications may best be utilized, Click Here to find a brief description of the responsibilities and/or authority given to each of the City's standing Boards and Commissions and access to the agendas/minutes.