The B&C List

Below is our subjective division of city boards and commissions into tiers, based on the degree to which council members rely on them for advice, reviews, and recommendations.

The city's website lists some 56 boards and commissions. Of these, 43 are named and governed by Chapter 2-1 of the City Code; those are the boards listed here. The others are not governed directly by City Code, due to unique state or federal requirements or joint city-county status.


(noting recent hot topics)

Planning Commission*

Second and fourth Tuesdays, 6pm: City Hall, 301 W. Second, Council Chambers Comprehensive planning and economic development, transit-oriented developments, Stubb's rezoning, neighborhood plans

Zoning and Platting Commission*

First and third Tuesdays, 6pm: City Hall, Council Chambers Cell towers near residences, Oertli PUD, new subdivisions

Environmental Board*

First and third Wednesdays, 6pm: City Hall, Council Chambers South Shore District PUD, Barton Springs Pool Master Plan, Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake, reinstating Environmental Awareness Awards

Design Commission

Fourth Monday, 5:30pm: City Hall, Boards and Commissions Room Brazos streetscape, bike-rack sculptures, density bonuses, waterfront overlay, Downtown Plan, Waller Creek

Electric Utility Commission

Third Monday, 6pm: Town Lake Center, 721 Barton Springs Rd., Assembly Room Nuclear project expansion, Webberville Solar Project, other renewable energy projects, Austin Energy's public participation process

Parks and Recreation Board

Fourth Tuesday, 6pm: City Hall, Boards and Commissions Room Barton Springs Pool Master Plan, Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin boat dock variances

Solid Waste Advisory Commission

Second Wednesday, 6:30pm: One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd., Room 325 Zero Waste Strategic Plan, solid waste management district

Water and Wastewater Commission

Second Wednesday, 6pm: Waller Creek Center, 625 E. 10th, Room 104 Deconstruction of Green Water Treatment Plant, Water Treat­ment Plant No. 4, and related construction

* These three boards meet twice monthly; all others meet monthly.


Board of Adjustment**

Second Monday, 5:30pm: City Hall, First Floor, Room 1101 Commercial design standards, staff errors, rezoning petitions, compatibility/height variances

Austin Airport Advisory Commission

Second Tuesday, 5pm: 2716 Spirit of Texas Dr., Room 160

Arts Commission

Third Monday, 5:30pm: City Hall, Council Chambers

Austin Music Commission

First Monday, 6pm: City Hall, Boards and Commissions Room

Historic Landmark Commission

Fourth Monday, 7pm: City Hall, Council Chambers

Library Commission

Fourth Monday, 7pm: Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe, or branch libraries

Urban Forestry Board

Third Wednesday, 6:30pm: Parks & Recreation Department, 200 S. Lamar, board room

Urban Transportation Commission

Second Tuesday, 6pm: City Hall, Boards and Commissions Room

** This sovereign board can directly grant certain development variances; it doesn't go to council.


Each of these boards and commissions meets monthly, except as noted.

African American Resource Advisory Commission

Animal Advisory Commission

Austin Community Technology and Telecom­munications Commission

Austin Mayor's Committee for People With Disabilities

Building and Standards Commission

Child Care Council

Commission for Women

Commission on Immigrant Affairs

Community Development Commission

Construction Advisory Committee

Downtown Commission

Federally Qualified Health Center Board

Human Rights Commission

Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprise and Small Business Enterprise Procurement Program Advisory Committee

Mexican American Cultural Center Advisory Board

Renaissance Market Commission

Residential Design and Compatibility Commission

Resource Management Commission

Sign Review Board

Asian American Resource Center Advisory Board (quarterly)

Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals (monthly when needed)

Downtown Austin Community Court Advisory Committee (every two months)

Electric Board (monthly when needed)

Ethics Review Commission (quarterly)

Mechanical, Plumbing, and Solar Board (monthly when needed)

Robert Mueller Municipal Airport Plan Imple­mentation Advisory Commission (quarterly)

Sustainable Food Policy Board (to be determined)


More Citizen Advisory Groups

2006 Bond Oversight Committee

Austin Area Comprehensive HIV Planning Council

Austin Community Education Consortium

Firefighters' and Police Officers' Civil Service Commission

Housing Authority of the City of Austin

Urban Renewal Agency

Impact Fee Advisory Committee

Saltillo District Redevelopment Project Community Advisory Group

Waller Creek Citizen Advisory Committee

Joint Austin/Travis County Boards

Austin-Travis County EMS Advisory Board

Austin-Travis County MHMR Board of Trustees

Travis Central Appraisal District Board of Directors

Travis County Healthcare District Board of Managers

For a list of all boards, standing meeting times, and city staff liaisons, see An index with contact information is at

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