Sarasota County Government values citizen input. There are more than 30 citizen advisory councils and appointed boards with members appointed by the County Commission – over 300 positions in all.

Boards and councils are grouped below by areas of interest and alphabetically to the left. To the right, you can view the weekly meetings calendar and a list of current vacancies. 

If you're interested in a particular board or council, please submit an application even if there are no vacancies at this time. It will be kept on file for one year and staff will reach out if a position becomes available. 

Areas of Interest
Community Services

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
Behavioral Health Advisory Council
Community Action Agency Board
Criminal Justice Commission
Health Planning Council of SW Florida (multi-jurisdictional)
Historic Preservation Board 
Historical Commission
Human Services Advisory Council 
Library Advisory Board
Parks Advisory and Recreation Council 
Seniors Advisory Council


Coastal Advisory Committee
Environmentally Sensitive Lands Oversight Committee
Keep Sarasota County Beautiful Advisory Board
Mosquito Management Task Force
Sarasota Tree Advisory Council
Stormwater Environmental Utility Advisory Committee 
Water and Sewer Advisory Committee 
Waterways Advisory Council


Citizen Tax Oversight Committee (non-advisory)
Health Facilities Authority & Industrial Dev. Revenue Bond Citizens Advisory Committee
Neighborhood Initiative Grant Advisory Committee
Public Facilities Financing Advisory Board
Tourist Development Council

Planning, Zoning & Licensing

Board of Zoning Appeals (non-advisory)
Building Code Board of Adjustments & Appeals (non-advisory)
Citizens Oversight Committee for School Facility Planning (multi-jurisdictional)
Development Services Advisory Committee
Englewood CRA Advisory Board
General Contractors Licensing & Examining Board (non-advisory)
Mechanical Contractors Licensing & Examining Board (non-advisory)
Planning Commission


Bicycle Pedestrian Trail Advisory Committee
Citizen Advisory Committee for Public Transportation
Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizens Advisory Network (multi-jurisdictional)
Traffic Advisory Council