The City of Delray Beach has twenty-one active advisory boards and committees, each set up to perform specific functions. In addition, task forces and ad-hoc committees may be created to address particular issues.
Citizen participation in local government is essential if we are to maintain the quality of life we enjoy in Delray Beach. Opportunities exist for citizen volunteers to work in harmony with the government by serving on advisory boards.
The City Commission appoints members of the boards and committees. All positions are voluntary and members are not compensated for their time. However, the individuals who serve on the boards and committees provide an invaluable service to the city. Their advice and expertise on a wide range of topics assist the City Commission in its decision-making process. It is this effective involvement of residents in all aspects of community life that has made Delray Beach an All-America City.
All board and committee meetings are open to the public pursuant to the State of Florida's Sunshine Law. Sufficient notice must be given to the public before a meeting is called. All proceedings are matters of public record.
Board and committee vacancies are listed in the News for Neighborhoods, the City's monthly newsletter, and on this web page (see Vacancies). All interested residents are encouraged to submit a Board Membership Application to the City Commission in care of the City Clerk's Office by clicking on the following link. When completing an application, list the board(s) on which you are interested in serving by order of preference. If you wish to update an existing Application then please click here. Board Member Applications must be received no later than ten (10) business days prior to the first City Commission Meeting at which the Commissioner is eligible to nominate for appointment the prospective board member. Please see the City Commission Rules of Procedure (Local Rules).
In general, individuals may serve on only one board or committee at a given time, with the exception of ad-hoc committees or task forces. Most advisory groups meet at least once a month, however, there are varying degrees of commitment, depending on the board. Membership requirements vary with each board and committee. For further detailed information regarding specific board qualifications and criteria, please request the Advisory Board Pamphlet from the City Clerk's Office.
Agendas and minutes of meetings may be found here, as well as within the home page of each board and committee.
|Board or Committee||Vacancies||Qualifications|
|Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
||7||Person who is employed in an area of labor actively engaged in home building.|
|Board of Adjustment
||2 (Alternate)||All members must be either a resident of or own property in the City, and/or own a business within the City.|
|Civil Service Board||2||Alternate member to be appointed by the City Commission with a different vocation or vocational background from other appointed members.
|Code Enforcement Board
||2 (Alternate)||All members must be residents of Delray Beach.|
|Community Redevelopment Agency
||0||Any person may be appointed as a CRA Commissioner if he or she resides in or is engaged in business with the area agency.|
|Delray Beach Housing Authority
||0||Residency is not a requirement to serve as a Commissioner.|
|Downtown Development Authority||0||All members must reside in or have a principal place of business in the City.|
|Education Board||2 (students)||All members must be either a resident of, own property, own a business or be an officer, director or manager of a business located within the City of Delray Beach or have a child attending a Delray Beach public school. Two student members.|
|General Employees Retirement Fund Committee||0||Members may, but need not, be an official or employee of the City.|
|Green Implementation Advancement Board||1||All members shall have expertise or an interest in environmental conservation and sustainability and shall be residents of or own property in the City; own a business within the City; or be an officer, director, or manager of a business located within the City.
|Historic Preservation Board||0||All members must be either a resident of, own property, own a business or be an officer, director or manager of a business located within the City of Delray Beach.
|Kids and Cops Committee||0||Members are selected by school principals, city staff and civic organizations.
|Parking Management Advisory Board||2||
A representative from the Chamber of Commerce. A representative from the Planning & Zoning Board. A representative from the Atlantic Avenue Corridor between Swinton Avenue and the Intracoastal. A representative from the Old School Square Historic Arts District.
|Planning and Zoning Board||0||All members must be either a resident of, own property, own a business or be an officer, director or manager of a business located within the City of Delray Beach.
|Police Advisory Board||
|The membership shall include a diverse cross section of the community; business owners, religious and faith based organizations, youth, school officials and local organizations, where feasible.
|Police and Fire Board of Trustees||0||All members must be either a resident of, own property, own a business or be an officer, director or manager of a business located within the City of Delray Beach.
|Public Art Advisory Board||0||Three seats must be filled with either an artist, architect, landscape architect or engineer. Lay persons of knowledge, experience and judgment who have an interest in public art shall make up the balance of the Board.|
|Public Employees Relations Commission||0||One member representing employers; One member representing employees; One unclassified or neutral member; One unclassified or neutral alternate member.|
|Site Plan Review and Appearance Board||1||All members must be either a resident of, own property, own a business or be an officer, director or manager of a business located within the City of Delray Beach.|