Get involved.

Have a voice.

The City of Columbia has a number of Boards and Commissions with which citizen participation is vital. 


Joining one is one way citizens can volunteer and get involved with their city government. The boards and commissions serve mostly in an advisory capacity to various city departments. But some also hear appeals, provide expertise, advocate, and advise City Council. The Mayor and City Council seek diversity and balance in making appointment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability.


Current Openings: Application 

  • Board of Zoning Appeals Form Based Codes- Two (2) vacancies; of the two one should be a landscape/architect or urban planner.
  • Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) - One (1) vacancy
  • Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission- Two (2) vacancies; one At-Large & one Developer/Realtor
  • Commercial Revolving Loan Fund Committee (CRLF) - One (1) vacancy for an individual with experience as an attorney
  • City Center Partnership - One (1) vacancy
  • Design/Development Review Commission (DDRC) - One (1) vacancy for an individual with experience as a city planner 
  • Election Commission- One (1) vacancy
  • Property Maintenance Board of Appeals- Five (5) vacancies

Please see the above links for more information on each board/committee/commission.