Apply Now to Serve on a City Advisory Commission

City Accepting Applications to Serve on Advisory Commissions and Committees

The City of Davis is accepting applications from citizens, 18 years of age and older, interested in serving on one of the following commissions:

  • Bicycling, Transportation, and Street Safety
  • Civic Arts
  • Historical Resources Management
  • Human Relations
  • Natural Resources
  • Open Space and Habitat
  • Planning
  • Recreation and Park
  • Utility Rate Advisory Committee
  • Unitrans Advisory Committee

By serving on a city commission, you are helping plan the future of Davis. Commissions serve as a conduit for citizen input – a way of gathering, analyzing and recommending options to the City Council. Commissions also provide an important avenue for determining the community’s feelings about issues and extending the reach of the democratic process.

Applications may be picked up at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 23 Russell Boulevard during regular business hours, or downloaded at

Please be aware that all applications and accompanying documents are considered public information and may be disclosed/released pursuant to the California Public Records Act.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 30, 2016

Applications may be submitted, in person or via mail, to the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 23 Russell Boulevard, Suite 1, Davis, CA 95616 or via e-mail to

In addition to the application form, commission applicants will participate in a 10-minute private interview with the Council subcommittee and city staff. Applications are tentatively scheduled to be submitted to City Council for appointment in November 2016.

For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 530-757-5648 or visit the City of Davis website at

Commission/Committee Information


  • Advise the City Council and staff on matters relating to transportation programs, projects, and planning efforts.
  • Scope includes: transportation policy; transit, bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicular planning; street design; traffic operations and enforcement; traffic safety; parking; and transportation infrastructure maintenance.
  • Meets: 1st Wednesday (monthly); 6:30 p.m., 23 Russell Boulevard


  • Formulates, reviews and recommends programs and policies to guide the review and recommendations related to the acquisition, removal, relocation or alteration of works of art for the cultural enrichment of the City.
  • Meets: 2nd Monday (monthly), 7:00 p.m., 23 Russell Boulevard.


  • Maintains inventory and recommends designation of historical resources.
  • Reviews applications for alteration permits for historical structures.
  • Members with experience/knowledge in historic preservation, cultural heritage of Davis and/or professional qualifications in architecture, history, prehistoric/historic archeology, urban planning, law, real estate, folklore, museum curation, conservation, landscape architecture, American studies and cultural geography are highly desired to maintain compliance with Certified Local Government Guidelines.
  • Meets: 3rd Monday (monthly), 7:00 p.m., Hattie Weber Museum, 445 C Street.


  • Promotes mutual respect, understanding and tolerance among all persons.
  • Advocates educational and appropriate activities to discourage/prevent discrimination and prejudice and promote diversity, equality and justice.
  • Meets: 4th Thursday (monthly), 6:30 p.m., 23 Russell Boulevard.


  • Promotes the preservation, management and enhancement of the city’s natural resources.
  • Recommends policies and guidelines regarding air quality in the Yolo-Solano-Sacramento region, water conservation, waste management and recycling.
  • Meets: 4th Monday (monthly), 6:30 p.m., 23 Russell Boulevard.


  • Advises on matters relating to open space issues, programs, projects and habitats.
  • Fosters dialogue with the community for open space projects and issues.
  • Meets: 1st Monday (monthly), 6:30 p.m., 23 Russell Boulevard.


  • Makes recommendations relative to land use decisions including General Plan and Specific Plan amendments, variances, conditional use permits, planned developments, tentative maps, rezoning and annexations.
  • Meets:  2nd & 4th Wednesdays (bi-monthly), 7:00 p.m., 23 Russell Boulevard.


  • Advises the City Council on the City’s utility rates, assumptions and programs, rates policies, long and short term concerns, financing options, utility billing issues, regulatory compliance, and related utility matters as directed by the City Council;
  • Recommends adjustments to the City’s utility rates after careful review of key information pertaining to the City’s utility systems and infrastructure as required in the rate setting process.
  • Meets: 2nd Thursday (monthly), 7:00 p.m., 23 Russell Boulevard.


  • Addresses Unitrans issues brought forward by residents, and reviews any proposed Unitrans route, schedule, and fare changes.
  • Meets: One annual meeting in the spring, and on-call as needed; Meeting location varies.