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 are announced 90 days prior to term expiration 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

There are currently no vacancies on the Planning Commission.
If interested in being contacted should a vacancy occur, please submit a general application using the link below..

General Application

If you would like to apply to serve on a commission that does not currently have vacancies, please fill out this application form (PDF) and mail or deliver it to:

Attn: Commissions and Committees
Arcata City Manager's Office
736 F Street
Arcata, CA 95521

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.


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 7 members. No less than 5 members shall be residents of the City of Arcata and the remaining 2 must live or work in the Arcata Planning Area.