Boards & Commissions Opportunities

Become Active in Your Local Government

There are many opportunities to take an active role in your local government. The City of Puyallup has seven citizen boards and commissions on which residents help shape the future of our community by serving, in an advisory capacity, to the Puyallup City Council. Consider attending one or more meetings of the board or commission of your choice. Members will welcome your presence and you will gain a first-hand understanding of how residents can make a difference.

Interested in Applying?

Those interested in serving in a voluntary capacity on a board or commission can submit an application online or to the City Clerk's Office. Applications received from interested citizens will be considered for current openings as well as for openings on other boards and commissions occurring during the year.

Information About The City's Boards and Commissions

Arts & Culture Commission
  • Meets the third Friday of each month
  • Seven members
  • A super majority shall be city residents; any non-resident members shall be working artists or art instructors.
  • Term of service: four years
  • This commission advises the City Council on matters relating to arts and culture, and promotes and facilitates art and cultural endeavors and projects.

City Council Salary Review Commission

  • Five members
  • City residency and registered voter required
  • Meets no less than three times a year
  • Term of service: four years
  • This commission is charged with setting the salaries of the mayor, the deputy mayor, and the members of the city council.
Civil Service Commission

  • Five Members
  • 3 year city residency requirement
  • Meets third Monday of each month
  • Term of service: four years
  • Responsible for making rules and regulations relating to employment, and other matters connected with personnel administration for the police department.

Design Review and Historic Preservation Board

  • Seven members
  • A majority of the members must be city residents
  • Two members must be registered architects
  • Two members must be associated with applicable construction trades
  • One member shall have special expertise/training and/or affiliation with a historic preservation organization
  • Other members must be associated with local interest groups or a
  • Related land-use/design discipline
  • All members shall have a demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge of historic preservation
  • Meets third Tuesday each month (tbd)
  • Term: Four years
  • Responsible for reviewing all applications requiring building permits for certain categories of development as set forth in the Downtown Design Guidelines, and to identify and protect eligible historic properties for future generations.

LEOFF Disability Board

  • Five members
  • One member must be an elected representative for Fire Fighters
  • One member must be an elected representative for Law Enforcement Officers
  • One member must be an at-large city resident
  • Two members must be council members appointed by the Mayor
  • Meets monthly as scheduled
  • Term: Two years
  • Created by state law to administer retirement benefits and rule on disability applications and disability retirements for members of the state LEOFF I retirement system.

Library Board

  • Five members
  • City residency required
  • Meets third Monday each month
  • Term: Four years
  • Sets policy to govern operations and programs of the library. Assists in securing adequate funds, in planning and implementation of library programs.

Parks, Recreation and Senior Advisory Board*

  • Seven members
  • City residency required
  • Meets second Monday each month
  • When possible, at least three of the members of the board shall be 55 years of age or older.
  • Term: Four years
  • Reviews and assesses recreational needs for residents and operations of the senior programs at the Puyallup Activity Center. This board makes recommendations on beautification and management of parks, cemeteries, recreation areas and facilities.
  •  *NOTE: The Parks, Recreation and Senior Advisory Board is in the process of being split into a seven-member Parks & Recreation Board and a separate seven-member Senior Advisory Board.

Planning Commission
  • Seven members
  • City residency required
  • Meets second and fourth Wednesday each month
  • Term: Four years
  • Responsible for preparing and amending the city's Comprehensive Plan. Makes recommendations to the City Council regarding changes to zoning and other land use regulations.

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

  • Seven members
  • Three members must represent collectors of Puyallup's lodging tax; three members must represent entities which are eligible to receive lodging tax funding. The Puyallup mayor chairs the committee.
  • Meets as needed
  • Term: One year
  • Reviews and make recommendations to the City Council regarding applications for grants of lodging tax funding.


With the exception of the Library Board, appointments to boards and commissions are subject to confirmation by the City Council. Please contact the City Clerk's office for additional information.