Application Instructions

San Francisco is a diverse city with a wide range of people and issues affecting it. In order to take advantage of the extensive experience and knowledge available in the city, various Boards, Commissions, Committees, and Task Forces have been formed to bring that knowledge together. These groups and their membership requirements are established through legislation from local, state, and/or federal government. In addition to setting up the purpose and goals of the various groups, the governing legislation outlines the type of person, in terms of desirable skills and/or knowledge, who can contribute his/her knowledge and perspective. In this manner, a group of San Franciscans, who are representative of the city, can be active participants in addressing issues affecting the entire city.

If you are interested in serving the City and County of San Francisco, the following procedures are provided:

1. A list of vacancies and expected vacancies, with their qualifications, can be found at the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, at the San Francisco Main Public Library, and online on the Board of Supervisors' website ( Please review this list for positions of interest for which you may qualify.

2. Submit an application (
          (Be sure that you list the appropriate seat number(s) and/or category/categories for which you are applying.)
          (We request applications be received ten (10) days before the scheduled hearing.)

3. If the seat(s) you are applying for is vacant and requires the Board of Supervisors' confirmation, the Rules Committee will schedule your application for review. All applicants will be expected to appear before the Rules Committee to speak on their qualifications and answer questions from the Supervisors.
          (There are no set instructions on what you are expected to tell the Rules Committee. However, a brief description of how your qualifications distinguish you from other applicants, reasons for your interest in the subject, or a short discussion of why you feel you would make a good candidate is appropriate.)

4. The Rules Committee may or may not make a recommendation for appointment. If a recommendation is made by the Rules Committee, the recommendation is forwarded to the Board of Supervisors for approval. It generally takes approximately 15 days, from the date the Rules Committee makes their recommendation for appointment, for the person to become officially appointed.

5. Depending on the type of organization, a new appointee may need to take an Oath of Office.

If there are no vacancies, your application will be retained for one year. If any openings occur during this time, your application will be submitted to the Rules Committee for review.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Rules Committee Clerk at (415) 554-5184. However, if you require detailed information concerning the operations of a particular Board, Commission, Committee, or Task Force, please contact the organization in question directly.