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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 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 None      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. 
Ad Hoc Senior/Recreation Center Committee None     Duties: The function of the Ad Hoc Senior/Recreation Center Committee (SCC) is to provide oversight and input on the planning and development of a senior/recreation center at 400 E. Lincoln, and to provide recommendations throughout the process to the City Commission. The duties of the SCC include, but are not limited to:
• Crafting the project vision, goals and objectives • Preparing the project process outline and estimated timeline
• Reviewing final needs analysis report
• Evaluating concept plan options and recommending the preferred option
• Outlining the parameters and applicable regulations for site plan and design review
• Conducting final site plan and design review
• Reviewing potential funding options
• Recommending the use of consultants for design and/or build services
• Drafting RFPs for final design, construction plan preparation and/or construction
Advisory Parking Committee 3 Regular members (BSD Member, retail, resident) term ending 9/4/2027

1 Regular member (retail) term ending 9/1/2026

1 Alternate member term ending 9/1/2026
8/21/2024 8/26/2024 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 4/11/2025  Until Filled

Three Michigan licensed architects who reside in Birmingham, MI
Birmingham Shopping District Board 1 member shall be a business operators or persons with interest in property located within the district, 4-year term ending 11/16/2026 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 Birmingham resident, term ending 3/30/27,
1 alternate Birmingham resident, term ending 3/30/26
1 alternate Birmingham resident, term ending 3/30/25
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 Two regular members (one builder & one engineer) with terms ending 4/24/2027 Until Filled   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 1regular member to serve a 3-year term expiring 12/31/2024
1 alternate member to serve 3-year term expiring 12/31/2026
1 alternate member to serve the remainder of a 3-year term expiring 12/31/2025

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 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 5/23/2027
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 None

Three regular members, 2 alternate members:
Birmingham residents
legal, administrative, or other desirable qualifications
Greenwood Cemetery Advisory Board None

    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 one regular members terms expiring 6/25/2027 Until filled   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 2 regular member term ending 5/1/2028 Until Filled   Four members:
registered voters in Birmingham
Multi-Modal Transportation Board 2 alternate members terms ending 10/27/2025 Until Filled   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 7/6/2026 Until Filled   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 None     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 2 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 resident of the developed area or area within 1/2 mile of the development area, term ending 12/15/2027 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.

Wayfinding and Branding None    

The composition of the Wayfinding and Branding Committee shall consist of 9 members and is based on unique qualifications, institutional knowledge and skill sets, and will include City Staff and representatives from other existing boards/commissions within the City of Birmingham. City Staff roles may be fulfilled by the listed staff person or his/her designee. Terms shall be 2 years.
Duties: The function of the Wayfinding and Branding Committee is to continue the implementation of the Citywide Wayfinding and Signage Plan and act as a clearing house for any other major wayfinding and branding projects in the City.