Here’s how to join a city board or commission

Your guide to getting involved with local government.


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They say it takes a village to raise a child, but how many members of the community does it take to make a city prosper?

From deciding on the art on our public streets to the expansion of greenways, Ashevillians like us are integral to creating our city.

How? On 30+ city boards and commissions focused on transportation, arts, sustainability, recreation, and more.

Who’s eligible? Residents of the City of Asheville, plus some county-appointed seats.

How much time? Time commitment varies, but most commissions meet monthly or bi-monthly. Generally, a term is held for three years.

💻 How can I apply? Submit applications online here or visit the city clerk’s office and request an application. You can specify the board or commission you’re interested in — or when vacancies occur, City Council will review the applicants on file already. Once you apply, your application will stay live for a year.

Are there any openings? Yep, currently, there are five vacancies in the following groups:

What’s the deadline? Applications for this round of vacancies are due Monday, March 6 at 5 p.m. Asheville City Council is scheduled to make appointments at its Tuesday, March 14 meeting.

Don’t see anything that lights your fire? Keep checking. New openings are posted on a monthly basis.

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