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.


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). Four BACs are highlighted below along with a comprehensive list of all openings on City BACs.
The City has a Main Street Board which will work to improve the City’s downtown area by administering a Main Street Program that will promote a sense of community and unified purpose, assure the historic continuity of the City’s architectural heritage, improve the image and perception of the City to residents and visitors and strengthen economic rejuvenation of property and commerce for the benefit of all.
The Animal Control Board assists the City in addressing animal related issues and enforces the exotic pet permit process. Interested applicants should have an understanding of animal issues in an urban environment.
The Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) works with residents of the City’s historic districts when exterior improvements are made to buildings. The Board ensures that the local and federal historical guidelines are followed. Interested applicants should be residents of one of the City’s historic districts or have an interest in preservation.
The Human Relations Commission seeks to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation in accordance with the terms of the City’s Human Relation Ordinance, which includes discrimi-nation against race, color, religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, sex, familial status, or handicap.
Current Openings:
Plumbing Board1 Opening
HVAC Board4 Openings
Zoning Hearing Board1 Alternate Opening
Police Civil Service Board1 Opening
Historical Architectural Review Board4 Openings
Board of Health1 openings + 1 alternate openings
Board of Ethics2 Openings
Building/Fire Code Board Of Appeals1 opening + 1 alternate opening
Animal Control Board5 Openings
Charter Board1 Opening
Housing Board of Appeals3 Openings
Diversity Board1 Opening
Main Street Board5 Openings
Reading Area Water Authority1 Opening
Redevelopment Authority1 Opening
Reading Housing Authority2 Openings
Downtown Improvement District1 Opening
City Revitalization Improvement Zone1 Opening
Planning Commission1 Opening
Shade Tree Commission2 Openings
Human Relations Commission3 Opening
Blighted Property Review Committee1 Opening
Environmental Advisory Council1 Openings
All interested citizens should complete the BAC application form 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 at
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