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Apply to Service on a Board or Commission

  • Click on the Boards & Commissions Application button above
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If you prefer to submit your application by mail, please print the following form:  Boards and Commissions Application - PDF.   Mail  your completed form to Aimee Nemer, City Secretary; City of Richardson, P.O. Box 830309, Richardson, Texas 75083-0309.


The City Charter prescribes the following qualifications for all board members (link to qualifications)

The City Charter prescribes the following qualifications for all board members:

  • Must be a qualified voter of the City of Richardson
  • A resident of the State of Texas for at least one (1) year
  • A resident of the City of Richardson for at least six (6) months
  • Hold no elected public office
  • Not be in arrears in taxes or  other liabilities due to the City

Code of Ethics

Additionally, all board members must adhere to the City's Code of Ethics which requires in part, that board members be independent, impartial, have no financial interest direct or indirect, in any contract with the City including the sale of any land, rights or interest in any land, materials, supplies, or service, in which the financial benefit shall include an ownership interest of more than ten (10) percent, compensation directly affected by the contract with the City, or participate in a vote or decision on any matter in which the officer has substantial interest.

The City Charter, Section 18.01. Personal Financial Interest, also prescribes the following requirements for the City Plan Commission, Civil Service Board, and the Zoning Board of Adjustment/Building & Standards Commission:

No officer or employee of the city shall have a financial interest, direct or indirect, in any contract with the city, or be financially interested, directly or indirectly, in the sale to the city of any land, materials, supplies or services, except on behalf of the city and any officer or employee guilty thereof shall thereby forfeit such person's office or position. Any violation of this section, with the knowledge, expressed or implied, of the person or corporation contracting with the city council shall render the contract involved voidable by the city manager or the city council.

Board Appointment Process

The City has ten (10) Boards and Commissions which have been established by City Charter, City Council, or State Law. Board members are selected by the City Council. Applications are accepted in the City Secretary’s office year-round and are kept on file for two (2) years. As vacancies occur on the various boards, applications on file are reviewed by the City Council and an interview may be scheduled. Appointments are made at the Council Meetings and applicants will be notified by City Staff.

To view member rosters, meeting agendas, or calendars, click Boards and Commissions, Notices & Agendas.

Additional Board Qualifications

Applicants should be able to commit the required volunteer time for board service as well as show an interest in the specific workings of the Board or Commission; and in some cases, more specific qualifications regarding knowledge or licensing in a specific field.

The City of Richardson does not discriminate against applicants for board or commission positions on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or religion.

Board Duties

The City of Richardson’s Boards and Commissions are comprised of concerned citizens who volunteer their time, knowledge, and expertise to make a difference in their community. Duties of the boards may include serving in an advisory capacity, examining in-depth issues such as park development and planning and zoning, making recommendations to City Council, and making decisions on variance requests from citizens. The work these citizens do assists the Council and contributes directly to the quality of life enjoyed by both residential and corporate citizens.



Animal Services CommissionAnimal Services Advisory Commission:  Makes recommendations to the Animal Services Division to aid its compliance with requirements of the Health and Safety Code and other applicable state and local laws.  Seven members include a licensed veterinarian, a city official, the Animal Services Manager, a representative from an animal welfare organization, and three residents.  Required to meet three times a year.

Learn more about the Animal Services Advisory Commission.


City Plan CommissionCity Plan Commission:  Makes recommendations regarding land use, public improvements, planning and zoning, and thoroughfare improvements.  Also reviews subdivision plats, development plans, site plans, and certain variance requests.  Seven members and two alternates meet the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. (Briefing session begins at 6 p.m.)

Learn more about the City Plan Commission.


Civil Service Board

Civil Service Board:  Oversees the city's Municipal Civil Service System, which includes approving Civil Service Rule changes, reviewing employee disciplinary actions and conducting hearings on appeals of disciplinary actions.  Also review annual efficiency reports of employees.  Five members meet monthly or on an as-needed basis.

Learn more about the Civil Service Board.


Cultural Arts CommissionCultural Arts Commission:  Recommends funding requests to support and promote cultural/arts organizations and after reviewed, they are sent to the City Council for final consideration.  Funding for the various arts organizations is through the hotel/motel tax fund.  Seven members meet the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Learn more about the Cultural Arts Commission.


Library BoardLibrary Board:  Recommends policies to the City Council on Library services, facilities, and development.  Seven members meet the second Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. during the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November.

Learn more about the Library Board.


Black and white image of a rain dropNorth Texas Municipal Water District:  The City Council appoints two residents to represent the city in governing the activities of this special district of the State of Texas.  The District exists to conserve (acquire), treat and distribute potable water, and collect, treat and dispose of waste, both liquid and solid, in order to reduce pollution and conserve and develop the natural resources of Texas.  The board meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 4 p.m.


Parks and Recreation CommissionParks & Recreation Commission:  Makes recommendations to the City Council regarding priorities or projects to be considered for development of park and recreation areas.  Nine members meet the second Tuesday of each month (except May, July, August and September ) at 6 p.m. 

Learn more about the Parks and Recreation Commission.


Sign Control Board

Sign Control Board:  Hears requests for variances to the Sign Ordinance.  Five members and two alternates meet the first Wednesday after the first Monday of each month (or on an as-needed basis) at 6:30 p.m. (Briefing session begins at 6 p.m.)

Learn more about the Sign Control Board.


TIF Board 1

TIF Boards:  Three Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIF) have been established in Richardson by the City Council to stimulate new development in aging or undeveloped areas of the city.  TIF No. 1 is an area along the Central Expressway corridor and the southwestern border of the city.  TIF No 2 and TIF No. 3 are located in and around the intersection of the North Central Expressway corridor and the President George Bush Turnpike.  The seven members representing each TIF district make recommendations concerning their respective districts and meet on an as-needed basis.

Learn more about the TIF Board No. 1.

Learn more about the TIF Board No. 2.

Learn more about the TIF Board No. 3.


Zoning Board of Adjustment CommissionZoning Board of Adjustment:  Hears requests for variances to the Zoning Ordinance, makes determinations regarding structural nuisances and dangerous buildings, and orders remedies as needed.  Five members and two alternates meet as needed on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  (Briefing session begins at 6 p.m.)

 Learn more about the Zoning Board.

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