Board & Commission 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 several 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

The Arts & Culture Commission advises the City Council on matters relating to arts and culture, and promotes and facilitates art and cultural endeavors and projects.

The City Council Salary Review Commission is charged with setting the salaries of the mayor, the deputy mayor, and the members of the city council.
The Civil Service Commission is r
esponsible for making rules and regulations relating to employment, and other matters connected with personnel administration for the police department.

The Design Review and Historic Preservation Board is res
ponsible for reviewing all applications requiring building permits for certain categories of development as set forth in the Downtown Design Guidelines. It also identifies and works to protect eligible historic properties for future generations.

The LEOFF Disability Board is cre
ated by state law to administer retirement benefits and rule on disability applications and disability retirements for members of the state LEOFF I retirement system.

The Library Board sets 
policy to govern operations and programs of the library. Assists in securing adequate funds, in planning and implementation of library programs.

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council regarding applications for grants of lodging tax funding.

The Parks & Recreation Board 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.

The Planning Commission prepares and amends the city's Comprehensive Plan, and makes recommendations to the City Council regarding changes to zoning and other land use regulations.

The Senior Advisory Board serves as a liaison between the City Council and Puyallup’s community of senior citizens. It also assesses the recreation needs of seniors and suggests improvements to the operations of the Puyallup Activity Center facility.


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.