Here’s how to join Lakeland boards and committees

Create the city you want to live in by applying to serve in these volunteer roles.

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Create the city you want to live in. | Photo by Catapult

Swan City citizens like you are integral to creating the city we love. Wondering how you can make an impact? You can serve Lakeland on one of nearly 20 municipal boards and committees focused on arts, development, code enforcement, and more.

How much time will this take? Time commitment varies, but most committees meet monthly or quarterly. Terms typically last from three to four years.

💻 How can I apply? Find the application form online. You can specify the open board or committee positions you’re interested in. When vacancies occur, boards or committees will review the applicants already on file.

👀 Are there any openings? There are currently eight vacancies on five committees. Here’s where you can now apply to serve the community:

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee | Currently seeking two applicants | 11 members | Meets quarterly

  • Reviews policies, procedures, ordinances, and development regulations, and adopts a housing plan for the city
  • Seeking an area employer and Lakeland residents who are engaged in residential building and are connected with affordable housing

Code Enforcement Board | Currently seeking one applicant | Seven members | Meets monthly

  • Enforces codes and ordinances, brings violations into compliance, and imposes fines
  • Seeking an alternate member who lives inside Lakeland city limits

Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Board | Currently seeking three applicants | 11 members | Meets monthly

  • Works with the Lakeland CRA and local stakeholders to improve community areas with redistributed property taxes
  • Seeking those who live, own property, or work within the CRA’s Dixieland, Midtown, or Downtown districts
Historic home in Lakeland, FL

If this house looks like home, apply for the Historic Preservation Board.

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Historic Preservation Board | Currently seeking one applicant | Nine to 13 members | Meets monthly

  • Promotes the preservation of historic structures and sites and oversees design guidelines in historic districts
  • Seeking an architect, realtor, property owner, or other Lakelander with an interest or experience in historic preservation

Zoning Board of Adjustments & Appeals | Currently seeking one applicant | Seven members | Meets as needed

  • Hears and decides appeals for zoning code variances
  • Seeking an alternate member who lives inside Lakeland city limits
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