Boards & Commissions

The City of Oakland has over forty Boards and Commissions that play a vital role in City government. Boards and Commissions serve as a mechanism for the community members of Oakland to bring issues of concern to the attention of the general public and the City Council.

Bicyclist and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC)

Oakland's Bicyclist & Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) advises the City Council on programs and projects related to walking and bicycling. BPAC meetings are on the third Thursday of the month from 6-8 and open to the public.

Budget Advisory Commission

The Budget Advisory Commission (BAC) advises the City Council on expenditures, revenues, and financial policies. The BAC’s advice generally takes the form of informational reports submitted to the Finance & Management Committee of the City Council. The BAC generally meets on the second Wednesday of the month.

Business Tax Board of Review

The Business Tax Board of Review reviews taxpayers appeals on assessments under the business license tax laws.

Civil Service Board

The responsibilities of the Civil Service Board include enforcement of the Civil Service Rules; approval of the exemption of positions from the competitive service; approval of classification specifications and performing appellate duties

Community Policing Advisory Board (CPAB)

The board serves as advisors to the Chief of Police and police command staff on community policing matters, maintain communication between the Police Department and the neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils and Neighborhood Watch groups and Merchants Watch groups, assist in educating and informing the public about community policing, it current progress and its direction, and authorize Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils and mediate disputes

Cultural Affairs Commission

The Cultural Affairs Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor, City Council, and City Administrator on matters affecting cultural development in Oakland.

Head Start Advisory Panel

​The Board provides advice and recommendations to the City Council around Program planning and how the Program can best address the needs of Head Start eligible families.

Housing, Residential Rent and Relocation Board

**COVID-19 Related Service Update** All hearings scheduled through April 10th will be postponed. Parties will receive notice of a new hearings date in the mail. All normal and evening drop-in services to speak with a Housing Counselor are also cancelled. Additionally, any petitions that need to be submitted should be completed online. If you need to contact Housing Counselors via telephone, please call 510-238-3721 or to visit our website at www.oaklandca.gov/RAP.

Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board

The Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board identifies historic landmarks in Oakland, conducts design review hearings on historic properties, and advises the Planning Commission and City Council on preservation.

Library Advisory Commission

The Library Advisory Commission reports and makes recommendations to the Oakland City Council on Oakland Public Library policies; provides citizen oversight of Measure Q tax funds; and advocates on behalf of OPL programs and services.

Mayor's Commission on Aging

​The Mayor’s Commission on Aging was established in 1980 to advise the Mayor and the City Council about issues affecting Oakland seniors.

Oakland - Alameda Coliseum JPA Commission

The Oakland - Alameda County Coliseum Authority is a joint powers agency established by the City of Oakland and the County of Alameda to finance improvements to the Coliseum Complex and to manage the Coliseum Complex on behalf of the City and the County.

Oakland Housing Authority

The Oakland Housing Authority was established to receive federal funds to provide housing for low-income residents of the City of Oakland, California.

Oakland Workforce Development Board

The Oakland WDB oversees the federally-funded employment and training programs and services in Oakland. These programs and services help job seekers gain employment and connect businesses with a qualified workforce.

Oakland Youth Advisory Commission

The Oakland Youth Advisory Commission (OYAC) empowers youth to enter the public arena and tackle important issues related to public safety, housing, civic engagement, and health.

Paramount Theater of the Arts Board

The Paramount Theatre of the Arts is a non-profit corporation organized for the purpose of operating and maintaining the Paramount Theatre for the benefit of the City of Oakland.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (PRAC)

This Commission is responsible for advising the Mayor, Council, City Administrator, and the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department on all matters relating to the general policy and operation of the parks and recreation system.

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission promotes the orderly growth and development of the City through studies, decisions on development proposals, policy recommendations to the City Council, and related activities. With the revised Emergency Order No. 3 of the City of Oakland, the City has resumed reconvening Planning Commission meetings (online only -- click "View All Meetings, Minutes & Agendas" below for full schedule). As such, the Planning Bureau has resumed making administrative decisions on projects appealable to the Planning Commission and scheduling entitlement cases.