Boards & Commissions

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Are you interested in serving on one of the City’s Boards, Authorities or Commissions? If so, please fill out an application form or call the City Clerk’s office at 610-655-6204 and submit it to the City Clerk’s office, located in room 2-21 in City Hall.

Some appointments are made with the approval of Council alone and some require the Mayor’s recommendation before Council approval. After the Clerk’s office receives your application, it will be forwarded to either the Mayor or to the Nominations and Appointments Committee. During the Nominations and Appointments Committee meeting, applicants are asked to come in for a brief interview. The Committee then makes recommendations to the full body of Council based on the application and interview. Council acts on those recommendations at their next business meeting.

Volunteer Opportunities
The City of Reading has many opportunities for residents to be involved in decisions made by their local government.  At this time, the City needs residents to serve on several Boards, Authorities and Commissions (BAC).  Three BACs are highlighted below along with a comprehensive list of all openings on City BACs.
Are you a heating/air conditioning professional?  The HVAC Board reviews the City’s heating and air conditioning installation and maintenance requirements.  
The City’s Planning Commission reviews construction plans and makes recommendations on the project.  This Commission is very important to the City and its development.  It is also instrumental in the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
The Reading Human Relations Commission is the local agency charged with investigating discrimination claims and with landlord/tenant disputes.  The Human Relations Commission looks at all types of discrimination dealing with employment, housing and public accommodations.  
Electrician's Examining Board2 Openings
Plumbing Board2 Openings
HVAC Board5 Openings
Zoning Hearing Board2 Alternate Openings
Fire Civil Service Board1 Opening
Historical Architectural Review Board3 Openings - 1 at large resident, 1 resident of the Prince District and 1 resident of the Penn's Commons District
Board of Health1 openings + 1 alternate opening
Board of Ethics1 Opening
Building/Fire Code Board Of Appeals1 opening + 2 alternate openings
Animal Control Board3 Openings
Charter Board2 Opening
Enviromental Advisory Council2 Openings
Main Street Board1 Openings
Redevelopment Authority2 Opening
Downtown Improvement District1 Opening
City Revitalization Improvement Zone (CRIZ)3 Openings
Planning Commission2 Openings
Shade Tree Commission2 Openings
Human Relations Commission2 Openings
All interested citizens should complete the BAC application form found on the City's website and return to the City Clerk’s office, 815 Washington St., Reading, PA 19601.
For additional information, please call the City Clerk’s office at 610-655-6204 or email to
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