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






Birmingham Shopping District Board




  • The Board shall consist of 12 members as follows:

  • City Manager

  • Resident from an area designated as a principal shopping district
  • Resident from an adjacent residential area
  • A majority of members shall be nominees of indivual businesses located within a principal shopping district who have an interest in property located in the district
  • The remaining members shall be representatives of businesses located in the district

Board of Building Trades Appeals

Until filled* 


2 Regular Members
  • Applicants shall be qualified by experience or training in fields such as architecture, engineering, mechanical engineering, building, electrical plumbing, heating or refrigeration.

Board of Ethics



 1 Regular member

  • 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

To be determined 

4 Regular Members

1 Alternate Member


  • Must be a resident of Birmingham
  • One regular member to serve the remainder of a a 3-year term expiring 3/30/2022
  • One regular member to serve the remainder of a 3-year term expiring 3/30/2021
  • 3 regular members to serve a 3-year term expiring 3/30/23.
  • 1 alternate member to serve the remainder of a 3-year term expiring 3/30/2022


Greenwood Cemetery Advisory Board  



2 Regular Members 

  •  Must be a resident of Birmingham,amd 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




  • 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

Until filled*


4 Regular Members

  • Members shall have a clearly demonstrated interest in or knowledge of historic preservation.
  • 2 members to serve 3-year terms expiring 6/25/2023.
  • 2 members to serve the remainder of a 3-year term expiring 6/25/2022.

Housing Board of Appeals




  • Education or experience in building construction administration, social services, real estate, or other responsible positions.


Multi-Modal Transportation Board

  • In so far as possible, the committee shall be composed of the following:
  • Members should live in different geographical areas of the city
  • Member should have a mobility or vision impairment
  • Members do not necessarily need to be residents of Birmingham

Parks and Recreation Board




  • Members must be registered voters in Birmingham


Planning Board




  • Insofar as possible, the board shall be composed of the following:

    Michigan architect, CBD or Shain Park Historic District building owner and remaining members insofar as possible, must represent different occupations and professions such as, but not limited to the legal, financial or real estate professions, and the planning or design professions

Public Arts Board



2 Alternate Members


  • 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

Until filled


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


3 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.