Commission Vacancies & Applications

As commissioners resign, complete their terms, or are removed from office, commission vacancies are created which are filled by interested community members. The City Manager’s Office announces commission vacancies as these openings arise. Vacancies on the Planning Commission or Historic and Design Review Commission are announced 90 days prior to term expirations and commissioners are encouraged to re-apply for their seats. Term expirations are specified in Arcata Municipal Code Title II, Chapter 3.


Current Commission Vacancies

Historic & Design Review Commission - Three vacancies. Application deadline: Friday, October 9, 2015, 5 p.m.
Application Form

Planning Commission - One vacancy. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Interview dates and times will be announced.
Application Form


If you would like to apply to serve on a commission that does not currently have vacancies, please fill out this application form and mail or deliver it to the Arcata City Manager's Office, 736 F Street, Arcata, CA 95521, ATTN: Commissions and Committees. You will be notified when a vacancy arises. Thank you for your interest in serving your community!




The City Council interviews all qualified applicants. A majority vote of the Council is needed for appointment.


Residency Qualifications

Unless otherwise expressly provided under specified sections for each commission and committee in Arcata Municipal Code Title II, Chapter 3, all boards, commissions and committees shall be comprised of seven members. No less than five members shall be residents of the City of Arcata and the remaining two must live or work in the Arcata Planning Area.