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)

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Board, Commission or Committee

Closing Date 
12:00 p.m.

Date of Interview
at 7:30 PM 

Available Position

 Position Requirements

Advisory Parking Committee



1 Regular Member

  • One restaurant owner


Architectural Review Committee

Until filled*


2 Regular Members

  • 1 member will serve the remainder of a 3-year term to expire 4/11/2020.
  • 1 member will serve the remainder of a 3-year term to expire 4/11/2022.

Birmingham Shopping District Board




  •  One member shall have an interest in property located within the District.

  • 2 members shall represent a Business Operator

  • 1 Member shall represent a business with greater than 5% total sq. ft. in SAD 1

Board of Building Trades Appeals



  • Members shall be qualified by experience or training in the electrical field.

Board of Ethics




  • Members shall be residents and have legal, administrative, or other desirable qualifications.

Board of Review




  • Members shall be property tax payers and electors in the City. 

Board of Zoning Appeals




  • Property owner of record and registered voter

Cablecasting Board

Until filled*


2 Regular Members

1 Alternate Member


  • Must be a resident of Birmingham
  • One regular member to serve a 3-year term expiring 3/30/2022
  • One regular member to serve the remainder of a 3-year term expiring 3/30/2021
  • One alternate member to serve a 3-year term expiring 3/30/2022.


Hearing Officer




  • Resident with legal, administrative, or other desirable qualifications.

Alternate Hearing Officer




  • Hearing Officer shall be a resident of the City who has legal, administrative or other desirable qualifications that will aid him or her in the performance of the duties of the hearing officer.

Historic District Study Committee



3 Regular Members

  • Members shall have a clearly demonstrated interest in or knowledge of historic preservation.
  • 2 members to serve 3-year terms expiring 6/25/2022.
  • 1 member to serve the remainder of a 3-year term expiring 6/25/2020.

Housing Board of Appeals

Until filled*


1 Regular Member

  • Education or experience in building construction administration, social services, real estate, or other responsible positions.
  • One member will serve the remainder of a three-year term to expire May 4, 2020.

Multi-Modal Transportation Board

Until filled*


1 Regular Member
1 Alternate Member

  • Member should have urban planning, architecture or design education/experience. 3-year term to expire March 24, 2022.
  • Members do not necessarily need to be residents of Birmingham

Parks and Recreation Board



1 Alternate Member

  • Members must be registered voters in Birmingham


Public Arts Board



1 Alternate Member


  • Members should represent a major cultural institution, be a Michigan registered architect, an artist, an art historian, or art consultant. Members may also be members of the Historic District Commission, Design Review Board, Parks and Recreation Board, or Planning Board. 
Policy Statement on Alternate Members

Storm Water Utility Appeals Board



2 Alternate Members


  • At least one of the alternate members 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

Until filled


1 Regular

  • One member who has an ownership or business interest in property located in the Development Area.


*Until sufficient applications are received to fill the number of vacancies available.

**To be determined. Once application is received, applicant will be notified of scheduled interview date with the City Commission.