Boards and Commissions


Advisory boards, commissions, and committees are an essential way for local governments to engage community members in the democratic process. They study issues important to the community, take in public testimony, perform independent research, and review staff reports and recommendations. The advisory boards then are able to discuss, analyze, formulate, and forward well-developed, thoughtful recommendations to the City Council.

Burien has five advisory boards and one ad-hoc committee:

  • Arts Commission
  • Business & Economic Development Partnership
  • Human Services Commission
  • Parks & Recreation Board
  • Planning Commission
  • Burien Airport Committee

Joining a Board

Community members are invited to apply to participate on advisory boards, commissions, and committees. Appointments are made by the City Council. Terms of service are four years.

There are currently 25 open positions on various advisory boards. Applications are due Friday, January 27, 2023 at 5 p.m. Learn more about the open positions and how to apply. Applications are available in English and Spanish.

For more information, please call Heather Dumlao, City Clerk at (206) 248-5517 or email.

Advisory body meetings are open to the public. Planning Commission meetings are broadcast online and on Channel 21.

Updated December 12, 2022