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. Four boards, authorities, and commissions (BACs) are highlighted below along with a comprehensive list of all openings on City BACs.
Do you live in one of the City’s historic districts? Or want to help preserve the City’s historical architecture? The Reading Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) works to protect areas, buildings and structures which reflect the cultural, social, and architectural history of the City, awaken an interest in the City’s historic past, foster civic pride in the architectural, historical, cultural and educational accomplishments of Reading, promotes the use and reuse of the historic areas, buildings and structures, which will enhance the City's attractiveness to visitors, encourage new buildings and developments that are harmonious with existing historic and architecturally important buildings, and actively participates in the National Register of Historic Places program.
Are you interested in how local government works? Become a member of the Citizens Initiative Commission. This Commission will communicate between government and residents on policies and issues related to neighborhood quality of life and will assist in an advisory capacity with other community issues by recommending policy changes, legislative recommendations, and operational improvements. The Committee will then assist with educating the general public on the mechanics of City government and major issues being addressed by City government.
Reading City Council wants to hear from its youth! The Youth Commission is looking for residents ages 14-22 to advise officials on issues of interest to them. Young adults are impacted by the decisions of officials, but seldom have the opportunity to directly participate in the process. The Commission will encourage participation of youth and young adults in local government and provide City officials an opportunity to hear and address their ideas and concerns.
Are you a heating/air conditioning professional? The HVAC Board reviews the City’s heating and air conditioning installation, maintenance, and permit requirements.
Electrician's Examining Board 1 Openings
Plumbing Board 3 Openings
HVAC Board 6 Openings
Zoning Hearing Board 2 Alternate Openings
Police Civil Service Board 1 Opening
Fire Civil Service Board 2 Openings
Historical Architectural Review Board 5 Openings - 1 of the Prince District, 1 resident of the Penns Commons District, 1 resident of the Callowhill District, 1 trades professional and 1 real estate broker
Board of Health 1 Opening + 2 alternate openings - environmental health knowledge needed
Board of Ethics 1 Opening
Bldg/Fire Code Board Of Appeals 2 Openings + 2 alternate openings - building and trades experience
Animal Control Board 6 Openings
Charter Board 1 Opening
Code & License Appeals Board 1 Opening - must own a business in Reading
Diversity Board 4 Openings – 1 rep of a reputable City Hispanic org and 1 rep of the NAACP, 2 residents
Citizens Initiative Committee 11 Openings
Pagoda Foundation 3 Openings
Conversion Therapy Mental Health Services Appeals Board 2 Openings
Water Authority 1 Opening
Redevelopment Authority 1 Opening
Housing Authority 1 Opening
Downtown Improvement District Authority 4 Openings
Planning Commission 2 Openings
Shade Tree Commission 1 Opening
Stadium Commission 4 Openings
Human Relations Commission 2 Openings
Enviromental Advisory Council 3 Openings
Blighted Property Review Commission 1 Opening
Recreation Commission 2 Openings
Youth Commission 15 Openings
All interested citizens should complete the BAC application form found on the City's website - - and return it 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