Boards & Commissions

Boards and commissions play an important role in city government. Service on a board or commission is an excellent way for residents to become involved in the community and contribute to the quality of life in Dubuque. They serve as the voice of the residents, assist in the development of policy recommendations to the City Council, provide positive support to City staff, and promote the City and its programs. 


All board and commission members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council and must live within in the city limits, except in those instances where state law may otherwise dictate. Membership on each board and commission requires varying qualifications. Some require expertise in specialized areas, and most require attendance at monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly meetings. The requirements are listed on each individual board and commission page.

Apply for Membership

If you’re interested in joining a City of Dubuque board or commission, please submit your application to the City Clerk’s Office. Applications may be submitted at any time and will remain active for one year. If an opening should occur, the City Clerk’s Office will contact the applicants to confirm their interest in the open position and invite them to update their application if needed. The list of current and upcoming board and commission openings is updated monthly. For questions, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 563.589.4120.