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Volunteer Opportunities!


The City of Del Mar is recruiting for volunteers to serve on a variety of boards and committees. For more information, please visit: www.delmar.ca.us/volunteer.

Details of each board/committee are listed below.

Why Volunteer?

The City of Del Mar is one of the most scenic, beautiful, and protected communities along the coast of California. The Del Mar Community Plan outlines the village character that residents envisioned when they helped craft the Plan to protect and maintain that character.  Our residents are highly-educated and involved, and bring a high degree of expertise to the committees and organizations they join. 


Be a part of that energy, get to know your neighbors and community, and help promote and protect the beautiful City of Del Mar. 

Ready to Apply?

Interested citizens should complete a Citizen Interest Form and submit it to the City of Del Mar’s Administrative Services Department. There are multiple options to complete the form:

  • Complete your application online. You can now submit your application online. There's no need to print, sign, and mail in an application, simply fill out the application fields and click "Submit!"
  • Download and hand write the Citizen Interest Form - printable;
  • Or pick up a hard copy at City Hall.

Forms should be submitted to City of Del Mar, Administrative Services Department, 1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014.

About the Design Review Board

The Del Mar Design Review process is intended to preserve and improve the scenic amenities of Del Mar and to protect the city's natural environment, its scenic vistas and the community's overall aesthetic quality. The Design Review process encourages good design, including the use of harmonious materials and colors, and the appropriate use of landscaping. In addition to protecting the city's scenic and natural resources, the Design Review process also has the desired effect of protecting property values.

As part of the review process, application proposals are evaluated for their consistency with the provisions of the Del Mar Community (General) Plan and with the City's Zoning Ordinance as well as consistency with the applicable Design Review standards, found in the Design Review Ordinance (DRO). The Design Review Board's review involves an evaluation of a structure's placement and size, the materials and colors to be used, and in the case of a new structure, the type and extent of the landscaping proposed. It also involves an evaluation of the project's compatibility with surrounding development.

The Design Review Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Del Mar Communications Center.


For more information, including a list of current members and agendas/minutes, visit the Design Review Board information page.

About the Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is charged with the administration of the Community Plan, the Zoning Ordinance and Map, and review of related plan applications. Meeting on a monthly basis, the commission conducts public hearings and considers land use applications such as variances, conditional use permits, coastal development permits, zoning ordinance interpretations, and determinations of allowable uses. As an advisory board to the City Council, the Planning Commission also makes recommendations to the City Council regarding applications for subdivisions, zone code amendments, local coastal plan amendments, and community plan amendments. The C

The Planning Commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Del Mar Communications Center.

For more information, including a list of current members and agendas/minutes, visit the Planning Commission information page.


About the Sustainability Advisory Board

The Sustainability Advisory Board was established to assist the City Council in promoting clean and reliable energy and in taking a leadership position in educating its residents and businesses about energy savings programs. It works with other regional and municipal groups to seek combined efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources; advises the council on any bills before the California Legislature that the city should take a position to support or oppose as they affect Del Mar and the San Diego region; and reviews the Del Mar Municipal Code (DMMC) sections relevant to energy consumption and savings in the city and works with the Planning Commission and planning staff to propose revised DMMC language as required.


The Sustainability Advisory Board meets on the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Annex.

For more information, including a list of current members and agendas/minutes, visit the Sustainability Advisory Board information page.

About the Business Support Advisory Committee

The mission of the BSAC is to discuss and provide advice to the City Council on the challenges facing Del Mar’s businesses, in particular the current processes and regulations, to be as business-friendly as possible. The BSAC also reviews and provides input to City Council on initiatives that affect the business community.

Work Program: Review the strengths and weaknesses of current processes and regulations and provide input as to how the City could be more business-friendly. Review the opportunities and constraints from a business perspective. Prioritize the issues and methods for implementation. Recommend tasks to implement these recommendations, with both short- and long-term actions. Monitor the implementation and determine the success of implementation and effectiveness in resolving issues. Regularly report to City Council on Committee progress. Serve as a conduit of information to the greater business community. Assist the City with the review of specific actions and Council initiatives/priority projects that affect the business community; and other duties assigned by the City Council, and where applicable, the City Manager.

The BSAC meets on the fourth Tuesday each month at 9 a.m. in the City Hall Annex.

There are currently four vacancies: One Retail Establishment representative; one Commercial Property Owner representative; one Office of Medical Business Person representative; and one At-Large member.

For more information, including a list of current members and agendas/minutes, visit the BSAC information page.

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