Boards and Commissions
Advisory Boards, Commissions and Committees of the City of Hendersonville serve under the auspices of the City Charter or by City Ordinance. The City Council creates advisory boards, commissions, committees, task forces, etc. to carry out a variety of functions on behalf of the community. Some boards, e.g., Board of Adjustment, Planning Board, Historic Preservation, are created by authority of the North Carolina General Statutes (NCGS). These boards are authorized by North Carolina General Statutes to exercise any one or more of the following functions: legislative, policy-making, quasi-judicial, administrative, or advisory.
Because these boards are created by, or under the authority of the governing board, City Council, they are considered a separate public body. A public body is subject to the open meetings law and are permitted to hold closed sessions to exclude the public only for specific purposes. All boards must keep minutes of all official meetings (NCGS §143-318.10(e). Special, emergency and recessed meetings are permitted and may require specific notice.
All members, with the exception of the ABC Board, serve without compensation. Meetings are held in the Assembly Room of the Operations Center located at 305 Williams Street, Hendersonville, NC unless otherwise noted. All meetings are open to the public except as allowed under G.S. 143-318.11(a).
Serving on one of the City's Advisory Boards, Commissions, Committees
The City of Hendersonville appreciates your interest in serving on our boards. The Council realizes future leadership of the City often comes from members serving on these Boards and places a high value on these volunteers. In the event there is not a vacancy at the time you apply, the City Clerk will retain your application on file for one year to present to the City Council when an opening arises. If you have not been appointed within one year, you may reapply.
For certain positions, the City Council may wish to interview applicants to get to know them and their interests so the applicant may be matched to a board, commission or committee for which they are well suited. The City Clerk will notify you if this is necessary.
How Do I know if There is a Vacancy?
Visit the individual board, commission, committee page to view vacancies.
What Happens After I've Been Nominated?
When nominations are called for at the regular City Council meeting, a council member will present your name to the City Council for voting. The City Council will vote on the nomination and the results will be made public. If the candidate receives a majority vote from the City Council, the candidate is approved to serve on that board or commission.
How Long Can I serve on a Board/Commission?
Where not specified by law or other City policy, members either serve two-year or three-year terms depending on the board or commission charter. Citizens may serve on no more than two boards or commissions at one time.
We hope you will contribute to the dialogue in our City by volunteering to serve on one of our many boards and commissions. Please apply here.