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Boards & Commissions Opportunities

Updated: Apr 24, 2023
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The City of Birmingham boards and commissions help shape the future of our community by serving in an advisory capacity to the City Commission.  Those interested in serving in a voluntary capacity on a board or commission may submit an application to the Office of the City Clerk. All applications are due by 12:00 p.m. on the date of closing.  Applications will appear in the public agenda at which time, applicants will be interviewed by the City Commission. The commission will discuss recommendations,  may make nominations and vote on appointments. 

All members of boards and commissions are subject to the provisions of City of Birmingham City Code Chapter 2, Article IX, Ethics and the filing of the Affidavit and Disclosure Statement.  Questions regarding this may be directed to the city clerk at 248.530.1880.

Relatives by blood or marriage, within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity, of an existing City Board, Commission or Committee member shall not serve on the same board as their relative.  This shall not apply to Election Inspectors serving in the same precinct. (Nepotism Policy adopted by City Commission on 4/11/16)

Apply here: download application for city board or commission

Board, commission or committee Available position Application due
by 12:00 p.m.
Interview date
(7:30 pm)
Board details/requirements
Ad Hoc Aging in Place Committee 6 Regular members, terms ending 1/31/2025 6/21/2023 6/26/2023  Preferred qualifications/areas of professional expertise and experience include: gerontologist, senior health or nutrition, adult education, elder law, representative of Birmingham NEXT, and intergenerational specialist.
Ad Hoc Environmental Sustainability Committee None     Preferred qualifications/areas of professional expertise: energy, equity, civil/construction engineering, water quality, environmental engineering/consulting/law, recycling and solid waste. 
Advisory Parking Committee 1 large retail member term ending 9/1/2025 Until filled Until filled Nine regular members:
1 downtown commercial representative small retail
1 downtown commercial representative large retail
1 professional firm
1 Birmingham Shopping District member
1 restaurant owner
1 downtown employee representative
1 resident shopper
2 residents who do not qualify under any of the previous categories
2 alternate members who own property, own a business or work in the parking assessment district
Architectural Review Committee 1 regular member term ending 4/11/2026
1 regular member term ending 4/11/2025
Open until filled    
Birmingham Shopping District Board 1 business representative term ending 11/16/2026 Open until filled   Twelve members:
City Manager
resident from an area designated as a principal shopping district
resident from adjacent residential area
majority of members shall be nominees of individual businesses located in principal shopping district who have an interest in property located in the district
remaining members shall be representatives of businesses located in the district
Birmingham Area Cable Board 1 regular member terms ending 3/30/2026
1 regular member term ending 3/30/2024
1 alternate member term ending 3/30/2025
Open until filled   Seven regular members and one alternate member:
must be Birmingham resident
joint board with village councils of Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms and Franklin
Board of Building Trades Appeals None     Six regular members and two alternate members:
experience or training in fields such as architecture, engineering, mechanical engineering, building, electrical plumbing, heating or refrigeration
Board of Review 2 alternate members term ending 12/31/2025

Open until filled   Six regular members and two alternates:
Birmingham property tax payers
registered to vote in Birmingham
Board of Zoning Appeals 1 alternate members - term ending 2/18/2026 Open until filled   Seven regular members and two alternates:
Birmingham property owners of record
registered to vote in Birmingham
Brownfield Redevelopment Authority 1 regular member - term ending 5/23/2026
1 regular member - term ending 5/23/2024
Open until filled   Five members:
Appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval of the City Commission
Design Review Board None     Seven regular members and two alternates
one architect registered in Michigan, if available
other members from different occupations, including legal, financial, real estate and planning and design
 Board of Ethics 2 alternate members term ending 6/30/2026
1 regular member term expiring 6/30/2026
ALT: 5/17/2023
REG: 6/21/2023
ALT: 5/22/2023
REG: 6/28/2023
Three regular members, 2 alternate members:
Birmingham residents
legal, administrative, or other desirable qualifications
Greenwood Cemetery Advisory Board 1 regular member term expiring 7/6/2024
2 regular members terms expiring 7/6/2026
5/31/2023 6/5/2023 Seven members:
must be Birmingham residents and, insofar as possible, represent diverse interests, such as: family members interred in Greenwood Cemetery
Greenwood Cemetery burial site owners
persons familiar with and interested in Birmingham history
persons with familiarity and experience in landscape architecture, horticulture, law or cemetery or funeral professionals
Hearing Officer None     Two Members - Hearing Officer and Alternate Hearing Officer:
Birmingham residents
legal, administrative or other desirable qualifications that will aid in performance of the hearing officer duties
Historic District Commission None     Seven regular members and two alternates:
clearly demonstrated interest in/knowledge of historic preservation and/or a member of a historic preservation organization
one architect with two years architectural experience or registered in Michigan (if possible)
Historic District Study Committee 2 regular members terms ending 6/25/2026 5/31/2023 6/5/2023 Seven regular members
clearly demonstrated interest in/knowledge of historic preservation.
Housing Board of Appeals 3 regular members, terms ending 5/4/2026 Until filled   Seven members:
education or experience in building, construction administration, social services, real estate or other responsible positions
Martha Baldwin Park Board 1 regular member term ending 5/1/24,
2 regular rembers term ending 5/1/2027
5/31/2022 6/5/2023 Four members:
registered voters in Birmingham
Multi-Modal Transportation Board None     Seven members and two alternates:
1 pedestrian advocate
1 member with mobility or vision impairment
1 with traffic-focused education or experience
1 bicycle advocate
1 with urban planning, architecture or design education/experience
2 at-large members living in different geographic areas of the city.
At least 5 board members shall be electors or property owners in the city
Museum Board 1 regular member term ending 5/1/2024
2 regular members term ending 5/1/2027
6/21/2023 6/26/2023 Seven regular members and one alternate:
6 regular members and 1 alternate member must be qualified Birmingham electors all appointed by City Commission
1 City Manager-appointed member who owns a business in Birmingham
must be members of Friends of the Birmingham Museum
Parks and Recreation Board None     Seven regular members and two alternates:
must be registered voters in Birmingham
Planning Board None     Seven regular members and two alternates:

an architect registered in Michigan
a Central Business District (CBD) or Shain Park Historic District building owner
remaining members, insofar as possible, must represent different occupations including legal, financial or real estate professions, and the planning or design professions
Public Arts Board 1 alternate member term ending 1/28/2025
1 regular member term ending 1/28/2025
6/21/2023 6/26/2023 Seven regular members and two alternates:
at least four Birmingham residents
a representative of a major cultural institution
a Michigan registered architect
an artist
an art historian
an art consultant
members may also be members of the Historic District Commission, Design Review Board, Parks and Recreation Board, or Planning Board.
Storm Water Utility Appeals Board 3 regular member term ending 1/31/2026
2 alternate members 1/31/2025
Until filled   Three regular members and two alternates:
at least two regular members shall be licensed professional engineers not employed by the City of Birmingham
at least one alternate member shall be a licensed professional engineer not employed by the City of Birmingham
members are not required to be city residents
Triangle District Corridor Improvement Authority 1 regular business owner term ending 12/15/2026 Until filled   Seven members
the mayor or assignee
6 members appointed by the mayor and approved by commission
not less than a majority of the members shall be people with an ownership or business interest in property in the development area
not less than one member shall be a resident of the development area, or area within ½ mile of any part of the development area