Boards & Commissions

Be a Local Leader

The City of Asheville has various openings on various committees. Have you ever wanted to make a difference? Have you wondered, “Can the City benefit from my experience and knowledge?” Do you want to have a voice in the City’s growth and future? Do you want to be a part of the body that is responsible for making decisions regarding policy, service and education? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s time to take that initial step forward and put your perspective, leadership and knowledge to task by serving on one of the many committees we have to offer.

Through a variety of boards and commissions established by Asheville City Council, citizens can provide input on the policies that shape their government and their city. There are currently more than 30 boards and commissions that advise the Mayor and City Council on a array of issues.

Board members and commissioners generally serve as unpaid volunteers, but the rewards can be gratifying: members meet other residents with similar interests, they learn about the city, and they help shape the future of Asheville. Being on a board or commission does require a significant personal commitment, however, so applicants should consider their ability to commit their time and personal energy before applying.

Resource Pages:

FAQ's: Interested Volunteers

Boards and Commissions Manual

Appendix A: Templates

Appendix B: Roberts Rules of Order

Appendix C: State Statute

Appendix D: Public Meeting FAQs

Appendix E: Public Records FAQs

City of Asheville Talent Scout 

Boards & Commissions Meeting Schedules, Contact Information and Liaisons
2016 Boards & Commissions Vacancies Schedule


If you are interested in serving on a Boards or Commission, download an application or request one from the city clerk’s office. After your application is received, you will receive a receipt of application e-mail. If you do not receive that receipt within a day after submittal, please contact Deputy City Clerk Sarah Terwilliger at or 259-5839 to make sure that your application has reached the City Clerk's Office. Once an application is received, the city will place your name on the resource list for the particular board. When vacancies occur, the City Council will review the resource list and schedule interviews. You will be contacted directly if it is necessary for you to interview for an appointment.

To find out more about a specific board or commission, please visit their individual web pages located on the left menu. Board and commission meetings are open to the public, so potential applicants are encouraged to sit in on monthly meetings. Meeting dates, times and locations vary, and are available on individual web pages.

If members of the public are interested in being on an e-mail list to receive information on a particular board, they will need to contact the individual staff contact (which can be found in the Boards & Commissions Meeting Schedules, Contact Information and Liaisons below).

The following board(s) have current vacancies:

The deadline for receiving applications for these openings is Wednesday, July 19 at 5 p.m.  

BLUE RIBBON COMMITTEE- This task force committee will serve for approximately three months in an advisory capacity to define the mission, scope and duties concerning a newly created Human Relations Commission.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT - The Board (1) hears and decides applications for approval of variances from the terms of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), except where the UDO places responsibility for hearing or considering such a variance with another body; (2) hears and decides appeals from any order, requirement, permit, decision, or determination issued or made by an administrative officer of the City in enforcing any provisions of the UDO; (3) services as the City’s Housing Code Appeals Board; and (4) performs such additional powers and duties as may be set forth elsewhere in the UDO and in other laws and regulations.

HISTORIC RESOURCES COMMISSION - Some duties of the Commission include (1) recommend to City Council and County Commissioners "historic districts" and "landmarks"; (2) restoring, preserving and operating historic properties; (3) recommend to City Council and County Commissioners that designation of historic districts to be revoked or removed for cause; and (4) review and act upon proposals for alterations, demolitions, or new construction within historic districts, or for alteration or demolition of designated landmarks.  Members shall have a demonstrated special interest, experience or education in history, archeology, architecture or related fields.

SUSTAINABLE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT – This Committee will undertake initiatives, at a City level and participate in the larger community and regional discussions, to improve the environment, encourage green development, and support the development of a healthy community.




For a Transit Committee Application please use the form at:

 The Committee functions as an advisory board to the Multimodal Transportation Commission and to the City staff on matters affecting the transit system and its operation.  Transit Committee Members review monthly system operations reports, help facilitate public outreach efforts, and represent the general public in matters concerning the transit system.  The Transit Committees consists of at least seven members and up to eleven members. All are appointed by the Multimodal Transportation Commission. The terms of office are three years. The Asheville Transit Committee will meet the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. The meetings will be held in the 4th Floor Police/Fire Training Room of the Municipal Building at 100 Court Plaza.  Please submit applications to Mr. Elias Mathes at  


GREENWAY COMMISSION - The purpose of the Committee is to study greenways development in the City and serve as an advisory body to the MMTC on matters affecting the Greenway system and its operation, including, but not limited to the following:

1. The current and future direction of the greenway system; 2. Greenway system quality, effectiveness, problems, needs, and requirements; 3. Greenway matters of public interest and concern; 4. Advocate and conduct public outreach on greenway matters; 5. Prioritize greenway and greenway connector projects on an annual basis;  6. Grants and other sources of funding; 7. Rules, regulations, and procedures; 8. Coordination of greenway matters with other agencies and interest groups as may be necessary or desirable; 9. Other greenway matters as necessary for the effective operation of the Greenway system; and 10. Provides technical review on greenway projects and other projects that impact greenways.

Please submit applications to Ms. Lucy Crown at:  

Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 259-5839 or by e-mail at for any information on Boards & Commissions.


Contact Information

Maggie Burleson, City Clerk
Location: Asheville City Hall, 2nd floor
Mailing: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Phone: (828) 259-5601