Citizen participation and involvement are key to the success of our City. Community members of all ages provide insights that are vital to the decision-making process.

One of the ways you can get involved with City government is to sit on a City Council advisory committee or attend public meetings. We invite you to learn more about the workings of your City and how you can become more involved by joining the review process.

Agendas and Minutes for all Boards & Commissions meetings are available through I-SEARCH Monterey. To learn more about the responsibilities of each Board or Commission, visit the specific board or commission page. Follow projects as they go through City channels. Community members are encouraged to participate in the review of development projects that come before the City.

How can you participate?

Most development projects go before the different committees & commissions. Citizens are invited to attend public hearings, submit comments in writing and/or review development applications and documents.

Plans for developments are available for public review in the Planning Office on the lower level of Colton Hall. Staff reports may be reviewed there as well, or in the Monterey Public Library, or online, prior to a public hearing.

How do you know when a project is up for review?

Commission & committees agendas outline what projects are being considered. Agendas are posted at City Hall and are available online at I-SEARCH Monterey.

Who is eligible?

Residents of the City of Monterey are eligible to serve on a Monterey board or commission. The Council makes appointments to these bodies twice each year, in January and July. Requests for applications are posted in the Monterey County Herald.

Members on the majority of City boards and commissions are appointed by the City Council for two-year terms. Monterey Board of Library Trustees are appointed for four-year terms while Neighborhood Improvement Program Committee members are confirmed for one year.

How can I apply?

Per City Council policy, the City Clerk accepts applications to boards, committees, and commissions when there are vacancies due to term expirations or unexpected changes in membership.  Vacancies are posted in the Monterey Herald as well as the City's social media accounts on each occasion that there are seats available.  

If you are a Monterey resident and would like to be notified of vacancies, please complete the attached board, committee, and commission interest form and email to or mail to the City Clerk at 580 Pacific St., Monterey, CA 93940.  When we have your form on file and a vacancy is announced on one of your listed boards, committees, or commissions, the City Clerk's office will contact you so that you may participate in the applications process and be considered for appointment by the City Council Subcommittee.  For more information on the applications process, call the City Clerk’s office at 831-646-3935, email the Clerk, or stop by the office at City Hall at the corner of Pacific and Madison streets.

Unless otherwise noted, board, committee, and commission meetings are held in the City Council Chamber at the corner of Pacific and Madison streets. Agendas are posted outside of the Chamber at least 72 hours before each meeting.