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List of Active Boards, Committees and Commissions

  • Adjustment Committee

    The Adjustment Committee reviews adjustment requests to the development standards of Title 33 [Planning and Zoning Regulations].

  • Alternative Technology Advisory Committee

    This Committee advises the Bureau of Development Services on emerging, sustainable building technologies.

  • Arts Oversight Committee

    An independent citizen committee to monitor the investments and impact of the Arts Education & Access Fund.

  • BOEC User Board

  • Building Code Board of Appeals

    The Building Code Board of Appeals hears appeals of building code issues which are appealed beyond the Administrative Appeals Board.

  • Business License Appeals Board

    The Business License Appeals Board hears and decides business license, business income tax and transient lodging tax appeals of decisions issued by the Bureau of Licenses.

  • Civil Service Board

    Hears appeals of City actions involving employee discipline, job classifications and examinations.

  • Community Budget Advisory Board

    Participates in City Council budget deliberations, advises Council regarding proposed amendments to the budget, and assists the Council in reviewing budget plans against results to date.

  • Design Commission

    The Design Commission provides leadership and expertise on urban design and architecture and on maintaining and enhancing Portland’s historical and architectural heritage.

  • Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC)

    The Development Review Advisory Committee is a citizen advisory body, representing those with interests in the outcome of policies, budgets, regulations, and procedures that affect development review processes.

  • Elders in Action

    Citizen advisory group that advises Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services, Multnomah County, and the City of Portland on the concerns and needs of older adults in our community

  • Electrical Code Board of Appeals

    The Electrical Code Board of Appeals hears appeals where an applicant is aggrieved by the findings of the Director.

  • Fire Code Board of Appeals

    Fire Code Board of Appeals advises the City Council on concerns raised by property owners and developers seeking exceptions to the Fire Code.

  • Floating Structures Board of Appeal

    A 6-member board appointed by the Mayor to determine the suitability of alternate materials and construction for floating structures and hear and rule on appeals for floating structures.

  • Golf Advisory Committee

    Citizen body charged with advising Parks and Recreation and the Parks Commissioner on development and operations at city golf courses. Makes recommendations to the Director of Parks concerning budgets, policies and procedures, improvements, greens fees.

  • Historic Landmarks Commission

    The Historic Landmarks Commission provides leadership and expertise on maintaining and enhancing Portland's historic and architectural heritage.

  • Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of Portland or HAP)

    The Board of Commissioners oversees Home Forward and is responsible for establishing policy and approving its annual budget.

  • Human Rights Commission

    New city commission seeking members to eliminate discrimination and bigotry in the City of Portland.

  • Independent Police Review - Citizen Review Committee

    The Independent Police Review Division (IPR) receives and screens complaints about Portland Police Bureau officers. Citizen Review Committee volunteers monitor and advise IPR, hear appeals, and receive public concerns.

  • Investment Advisory Committee

    The Investment Advisory Committee advises the Commissioner In Charge, the Chief Administrative Officer of the Office Management and Finance, the City Council and the City Treasurer of the City on investment matters.

  • Mechanical Code Board of Appeals

    The Mechanical Board of Appeals determines the suitability of alternate materials and types of construction and provides for reasonable interpretations of the provisions of the Mechanical Code

  • Metropolitan Exposition-Recreation Commission

    Oversees operation of the region's major public performance, convention and exposition facilities.

  • Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission

    Advocates for public and community interests in the regulation and administration of cable television franchise agreements.

  • New Portlanders Policy Commission

    Mission is to adviseThe City of Portland is recruiting up to 25 individuals representing a broad spectrum of our newcomer and ethnic minority communities; immigrant & refugee service providers; including expertise in res the City on policies and practices

  • Noise Review Board

    Meets monthly to review major requests for noise variances and recommends Noise Code changes

  • Overview

    Results from the 2017 City Body Inventory

  • Plumbing Code Board of Appeals

    Determines suitability of alternate plumbing methods and materials.

  • Portland Children's Levy Allocation Committee

    The Portland Children's Levy was created by city voters in 2002 and renewed in 2008 to fund proven programs throughout the city in early childhood, after school and mentoring, child abuse prevention/intervention and foster care.

  • Portland Commission on Disability

  • Portland Community Media

    Portland Community Media is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote broad participation in civic and cultural life by encouraging effective use and understanding of community media.

  • Portland Housing Advisory Commission

    Primary public forum for policy development, resource coordination, and civic leadership to address affordable housing and economic opportunity issues County-wide. Advises elected officials on policy pertaining to these issues.

  • Portland Parks Board

    Portland Parks Board Citizen body responsible for monitoring 2020 Vision implementation and for advising the Parks Director, Parks Commissioner and City Council on parks policy and budget issues.

  • Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission

    Formed in 2010, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has specific responsibility for the stewardship, development and maintenance of the City's Comprehensive Plan, Climate Action Plan and Zoning Code. By holding public hearings and discussing issues and proposals, the PSC develops recommendations to share with City Council in hopes of creating a more prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city.

  • Portland Utility Board

    The Boards' purpose is to advise the City Council, on behalf of and for the benefit of the citizens of Portland, on water, sewer, stormwater, and solid waste financial plans and rates.

  • Private-for-Hire Transportation Board of Review (Taxis, Town Cars, Shuttles, Specially Assisted Transportation, Pedicabs and Limousines)

    Advises the Bureau on matters relating to the for-hire transportation industry, approves administrative rules, regulates fuel surcharges, recommends approval or denial of company and vehicle permits.

  • Prosper Portland Board of Commissioners

    Brings together community resources to achieve Portland's vision of a vital economy with healthy neighborhoods and quality jobs for all residents.

  • Public Involvement Advisory Council

    Develops policy proposals to strengthen and institutionalize the City's commitment to public involvement.

  • Purchasing Board of Appeals

    A three member board that hears and attempts to resolve protests and appeals arising from City procurement related decisions when such matters are referred to it by the Purchasing Agent.

  • Regional Arts & Culture Council

    RACC is the steward of public investment in arts and culture, and works to create an environment in which the arts and culture of the region can flourish and prosper.

  • River Community Advisory Committee

    Citizen Advisory group providing input on issues affecting floating structures on city rivers.

  • Socially Responsible Investments Committee

    charged with making recommendations to Council about companies the City should include, or remove from, its Corporate Securities Do-Not-Buy List

  • Structural Engineering Advisory Board

    This board advises the Director and/or the Appeals Board in structural matters relative to reasonable interpretation and to alternate materials and methods of construction.

  • Towing Board of Review

    Oversees the performance of all parties contracting with the City for towing or dispatching service, and hears and investigates citizen complaints regarding the City's towing contracts.

  • Urban Forestry Commission

    Mission is to improve Portland's urban forest in terms of overall canopy, forest health and benefits provided by the forest.