City Advisory Boards, Commissions, and Committees

Welcome to the City of Holland, Michigan Boards, Commissions, and Committees (BCC) webpage.

This webpage is designed to provide valuable information about the various BCCs that play an instrumental role in our City.

Thank you for your interest in serving!

The City of Holland has several different boards, commissions, and committees (BCCs) that advise the City Council on specific topics.  BCC members serve on a volunteer basis. Membership requirements and term length vary by BCC.  Appointments are ultimately made by the Mayor or City Council.


The standard requirement for the appointment is City residency. Some BCCs permit non-residency. However, one may need to work or own a business within the City. Most BCCs do not require specific skills or backgrounds to be appointed. Sometimes prior education or knowledge of a particular field of industry is necessary or helpful, but most BCC members are provided orientation and training and learn as they go. Whether one is a business executive, stay-at-home parent, student, or retired, there may be a place for you on a board, commission, or committee.

Time and Commitment

The typical time requirement is no more than a couple of hours per month for the duration of a term of appointment, which varies by BCC. Regular attendance at meetings is strongly encouraged to ensure one stays informed of current developments needing input.  Meeting times, dates, locations, and frequency are scheduled as required.

Information on Boards, Commissions, and Committees

For a complete listing and description of the board, commission, and committee serving the City of Holland, and terms of service, visit BCCs General Information.

Click here to learn more about the various Boards, Commissions, and Committees.

Appointment Process

The first step for consideration is to apply using the online form.  

  • One may apply for a current vacancy or a specific BCC in which one may have an interest.
  • We review your application as soon as we get it.  But we don't make appointments until we have openings on specific BCCs.
  • If there is an opening, one may be contacted for a phone or in-person interview.
  • Once this review is completed, a background check is completed, and if everything is in order, a recommendation will be made to the Mayor and City Council for the appointment.
  • Then the Applicant is sworn in by the City Clerk. 
  • The staff liaison to the BCC will then be in contact regarding meetings, providing orientation, and other meeting details.
  • If you applied for a BCC that doesn't have openings, don't worry.  Your application is good for at least a full year.

Special Projects/Events or Departmental Assistance

The City of Holland puts on several events and completes numerous special projects throughout the year - many on an annual basis. Volunteers are utilized as a part of:

  • DeGraaf Nature Center Trail Guides and Clean-up
  • Elections
  • Farmers Market Events
  • National Night Out
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Office Assistance
  • Downtown events

All volunteers must complete a Special Project Volunteer Application and submit it to a criminal background check. Selected volunteers will be contacted by the department coordinating the project or event.