333 S. Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371 - 253-841-4321

City of Puyallup


There are many opportunities to take an active role in your local government. The City of Puyallup has seven citizen boards and commissions on which residents help shape the future of our community by serving, in an advisory capacity, to the Puyallup City Council. Consider attending one or more meetings of the board or commission of your choice. Members will welcome your presence and you will gain a first-hand understanding of how residents can make a difference.

Those interested in serving in a voluntary capacity on a board or commission can submit an application to the City Clerk's Office, 333 South Meridian, Puyallup, Washington, 98371. Applications received from interested citizens will be considered for current openings as well as for openings on other boards and commissions occurring during the year.

About the City Boards and Commissions

City Council Salary Review Commission
Five members
City residency and registered voter required
Meets no less than three times a year
Term: Four years
This commission is charged with setting the salaries of the mayor, the deputy mayor, and members of the city council.

Civil Service Commission
Five members
Three year city residency requirement
Meets third Monday each month
Term: Four years
Responsible for making rules and regulations relating to employment, and other matters connected with personnel administration for the police department.

Design Review and Historic Preservation Board
Seven members
A majority of the members must be city residents
Two members must be registered architects
Two members must be associated with applicable construction trades
One member shall have special expertise/training and/or affiliation with a historic preservation organization
Other members must be associated with local interest groups or a
related land-use/design discipline
All members shall have a demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge of historic preservation
Meets third Tuesday each month (tbd)
Term: Four years

Responsible for reviewing all applications requiring building permits for certain categories of development as set forth in the Downtown Design Guidelines, and to identify and protect eligible historic properties for future generations.

LEOFF Disability Board
Five members
One member must be an elected representative for Fire Fighters
One member must be an elected representative for Law Enforcement Officers
One member must be an at-large city resident
Two members must be councilmembers appointed by the Mayor
Meets monthly as scheduled
Term: Two years
Created by state law to administer retirement benefits and rule on disability applications and disability retirements for members of the state LEOFF I retirement system.

Library Board
Five members
City residency required
Meets third Monday each month
Term: Four years
Sets policy to govern operations and programs of the library. Assists in securing adequate funds, in planning and implementation of library programs.

Parks, Recreation and Senior Advisory Board
Seven members
City residency required
Meets second Monday each month
When possible, at least three of the members of the board shall be 55 years of age or older.

Term: Four years
Reviews and assesses recreational needs for residents and operations of the senior programs at the Puyallup Activity Center. This board makes recommendations on beautification and management of parks, cemeteries, recreation areas and facilities.

Planning Commission
Seven members
City residency required
Meets second and fourth Wednesday each month
Term: Four years
Responsible for preparing and amending the city's Comprehensive Plan. Makes recommendations to the City Council regarding changes to zoning and other land use regulations.

Appointments to boards and commissions are subject to confirmation by the City Council. Please contact the City Clerk's Office at 841-5480 for additional information.