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Boards, Commissions & Committees

The City of Carlsbad has a number of boards and commissions that provide input to the City Council. All meetings are open to the public.

Vacancies - Application **

**(If you do not receive a confirmation email from the City Clerk's Office the same day you submitted your application, please print and email your application to clerk@carlsbadca.gov)

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     Beach Preservation Commission Scheduled Vacancies - DEADLINE MAY 21, 2021

     Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Advisory Committee VacanciesDEADLINE MAY 21, 2021

     Library Board of Trustees Scheduled VacanciesDEADLINE MAY 21, 2021

     Buena Vista Lagoon Joint Powers Committee - DEADLINE MAY 26, 2021

General Information

 Learn more about boards and commissions

The Selection Process

Appointments to the boards, commissions and committees are made by the Carlsbad City Council as vacancies occur.  The length of term for appointments varies depending upon the vacancy and position. The application, interview and appointment process is outlined in City Council Policy No. 88.

To serve on a city board, commission or committee, interested residents must submit an application to the Office of the City Clerk. For all commissions except the Carlsbad Tourism Business Improvement District and the Carlsbad Golf Lodging Improvement District applicants must be registered to vote in the City of Carlsbad and a Carlsbad resident. Some positions have additional requirements or preferred areas of expertise.

Appointment Process

City Council Policy No. 88 specifies the appointment process for boards, commissions and committees 

Notice of Vacancies

The California Government Code sections 54970 to 54974 require cities to create a list of terms that will be expiring, names of the incumbents, date of appointments and date of expirations for the upcoming calendar year. This list must be made available to the public at city libraries on or before Dec. 31. The City of Carlsbad also makes this list available at the Office of the City Clerk and on the city website.

How to Apply

To be considered, please submit an application to the Office of the City Clerk.

Application Process

Notice of Vacancies

  • In addition to the required annual announcement of planned vacancies, the Office of the City Clerk announces each vacancy, planned and unplanned, as it occurs throughout the year. Announcements are typically made 30 to 45 days prior to the vacancy.
  • Announcements of all vacancies are made on the city website..
 Deadlines for Applications
  • Applications are accepted year-round and remain valid through Dec. 31 of each year.
  • Applicants may submit an application each year if they would like to remain under consideration. 
  • To be considered for a specific planned or unplanned vacancy, and to allow sufficient time for interviews by Council Members, it is recommended that applications be received by the deadline specified by the Office of the City Clerk. This deadline is typically 30 days following the announcement of the vacancy. 

City Council Consideration

  • When a vacancy occurs, whether planned or unplanned, the Office of the City Clerk notifies all City Council members and provides copies of all applications currently on file.
  • Council members may choose to interview applicants, however that is done at their discretion and is not part of the process administered by the Office of the City Clerk.
  • The Office of the City Clerk will place an appointment on the City Council agenda for consideration. This is typically not scheduled less than 30 days following the vacancy announcement. The staff report prepared by the Office of the City Clerk includes copies of all applications under consideration.

Swearing in

Once an applicant has been selected to serve, the Office of the City Clerk will schedule a meeting to administer the oath of office, schedule required ethics training and provide a statement of economic interest to be filled out and filed. The term begins once the member is sworn in.

  • Learn more about boards and commissions
  • Apply to serve
  • See current membership
  • See a list of all boards and commissions
  • Questions?

    If you would like more information or have questions about how to serve on a city board, commission or committee, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at clerk@carlsbadca.gov or 760-434-2808.