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The City of Tacoma has a number of volunteer Committees, Boards, Commissions and Authorities that advise and make recommendations to the City Council and/or City staff. You can only serve on one Committee, Board or Commission at a time.

While member applications for the City of Tacoma’s Committees, Boards and Commissions continue to be accepted at any point throughout the year, the City Clerk's Office now issues a push for member applications once every quarter.

If you are not selected this quarter for the Committee, Board or Commission of your choice, your application will be kept on file for future consideration.

Your application and any attachments you send are subject to public disclosure. Certain information is exempt from disclosure. Refer to RCW 42.56 for information on state law regarding public records and certain records that are exempt from public disclosure.    

Apply now. There are several easy ways to do it. 

Hard Copy Applications

Print out the PDF application form and fill it out electronically or by hand, then send it to the City Clerk's office, 733 Market Street, Room 11, Tacoma, WA 98402-3766. Please include a copy of your resume and any letters of reference.


Request that a hard copy application form be mailed to you, fill it out and send it to:


City of Tacoma's City Clerk's Office

733 Market Street

Room 11

Tacoma, WA 98402


You can request a hard copy application form by emailing servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org or calling:

  • 311 within Tacoma
  • (253) 591-5178 outside Tacoma
  • (800) 833-6388 (TTY or ASCII)
  • (800) 833-6386 (VCO)
  • (877) 833-6341 (STS)

Electronic Applications

Fill out the PDF application form electronically and email it to the City Clerk’s Office by pressing the Submit button at the bottom of the PDF form.  Be sure to also send your resume and any letters of reference via email to servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org


Complete the online application form below and press the Submit button at the bottom of the form. Be sure to also send your resume and any letters of reference via email to servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org

Online Application Form


Personal Information

I am interested in serving on the following committees, boards, commissions or authorities

(select up to three committees)


 Audit Advisory Board

 Board of Building Appeals

 Board of Ethics

 Citizen Police Advisory Committee

 City Events and Recognitions Committee

 Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

 Foss Waterway Development Authority

 Human Rights Commission

 Human Services Commission  

 Landmarks Preservation Commission

 Planning Commission

 Public Utility Board

 Sustainable Tacoma Commission 

 Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities

 Tacoma Arts Commission

 Tacoma Community Redevelopment

 Transportation Commission 




Date of Application (Required. mm/dd/yyyy)



Name (required)


Email (required)

(If you do not have an email address, please type "none".)  



Home Phone



Business Phone



Mobile Phone



Residential street address including city and ZIP Code. (required)

(Do not enter a P.O. box.) 



Home Mailing Address 

(If different from above.) 




How many years have you lived or worked in Tacoma? 



Employer name and address










Please contact me at the following phone number.





Please contact me at the following address. 

 Residential street 

 Home mailing 




The City of Tacoma promotes cultural and ethnic diversity on citizen committees, boards, commissions, and authorities. Information in this section will assist in achieving this goal and is voluntary.


 African American/Black


 Hispanic or Latino  

 Native American/Alaskan Native

 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander




City of Tacoma Council District (required.) 

(If you do not know your Council District, use the following link to identify your district.)  Council Districts

 District 1  

 District 2   

 District 3   

 District 4

 District 5   

 Outside City limits      



(If retired, please indicate former occupation or profession.)  



Military History

Are you or have you been a member of the Armed Forces of the United States?  



Dates of Service  



Branch of Service  



Date and Type of Discharge  




Please list any community activities that relate to this position. (required) 



List any experience that would assist you in serving on this committee, board, commission,  
or authority. (required) 



Do you or any of your family members work for or serve on the board of directors of any  
organization which has contracted with or applied for funding from the City of Tacoma?    
Do you anticipate any involvement of this kind in the future?  If yes, please describe the   
relationship. (required)  



Are you related to any elected City official or staff member?  If yes, please explain. (required)  



Please indicate any activities you are involved with that may present a conflict of interest with the
committee, board, commission, or authority you are applying for. (required) 



Why are you interested in serving on this committee, board, commission, or authority? (required)  




Please List References  


Reference 1 Name  


Reference 1 Daytime Phone   



Reference 2 Name  



Reference 2 Daytime Phone  


Authorization for reference check. (required)
 I hereby authorize the City of Tacoma to conduct a reference check by contacting the individuals listed above. Background Checks may be requested, with written authorization.


How did you hear about the vacancy on this committee, board, commission, or authority? (required)  

 City Council Member 

 City of Tacoma Press Release 

 City of Tacoma Staff 

 City of Tacoma Website 

 Friend or Co-Worker 

 Neighborhood Council 


If other was selected, please describe here. 



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