Advisory Committees

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About Advisory Committees

Advisory committees are a structured way for individual citizens to share their opinions and perspectives, study issues, and develop recommendations in a focused small group.

Their primary purpose is to provide judicious advice, from a citizen perspective, to the Olympia City Council.

Committee activities may include study of critical issues, hearing public testimony, independent research, and reviewing staff reports and recommendations - all of which is intended so that the committee is prepared to discuss, formulate, and forward well-developed, thoughtful recommendations to the City Council in a timely manner.

Join an Advisory Committee

Applications for Advisory Committee appointments are accepted from November to January each year.

Upcoming 2020 Vacancies

  • Arts Commission: 1
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee: 3
  • Design Review Board: 4
  • Heritage Commission: 3
  • Lodging Tax Advisory Committee: 1
  • Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee: 2
  • Planning Commission: 1
  • Utility Advisory Committee: 3


For general information about Olympia's advisory committees, contact Strategic Communication Director Kellie Purce Braseth at 360.753.8361 or

For information about a specific committee, please contact that committee's staff liaison.