Volunteer Boards and Committees Listing

Volunteer Boards and Committees Listing

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to serve on one of the City of Fort Walton Beach’s Boards or Committees.

The City encourages citizens to become actively involved in their City by attending City Council meetings, Board meetings, or by volunteering to serve on one of the City’s Boards or Committees. Board members play an important role in our City government.

A description of current City Volunteer Boards can be found below.

  • All Volunteer positions are Council-appointed positions.
  • Once you submit an application and a seat becomes open, your application will be reviewed and voted on during a regularly scheduled Council meeting.
  • The City Clerk’s office will inform you if you are being considered for an available seat and after you have been selected to fill a seat.
  • All Boards are governed by either the Land Development Code or the Code of Ordinances.

It is important to understand that ALL BOARDS REQUIRE THE FILING OF A FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE FORM within thirty (30) days of your appointment. Failure to file this form in a timely fashion could result in penalties.  To learn more about this required filing please visit the Florida Commission on Ethics website.

For additional information about any Board or Committee, call the City Clerk’s Office at 850-833-9509.

Application to Serve


The Local Planning Agency acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council. They provide input  on re-zonings and development regulations, as well as monitoring the implementation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. There are seven members who serve four-year terms and two alternates who do not have term limits.  To serve you must be City of Fort Walton Beach resident for one (1) year & be a REGISTERED voter. Members are limited to serving two successive terms. Currently this board meets the first (1st) Thursday of each month at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall. We encourage you to attend meetings or read the archived minutes to learn more about the Local Planning Agency.


The Code Enforcement Board enforces the provisions of the City’s Codes and Ordinances (i.e. building maintenance, grass height, signage). This board has the authority to impose administrative fines and other non-criminal penalties. The powers, duties and responsibilities of the Code Enforcement Board shall comply with the requirements set forth in Chapter 162, Part I, of the Florida Statues. There are seven members who are appointed to three-year terms and two alternates who do not have term limits.  To serve you must be a City of Fort Walton Beach resident for one (1) year & be a REGISTERED voter. Members are limited to two (2) successive terms. Currently the board meets the second (2nd) Wednesday of each month at 4 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall. We encourage you to attend meetings or read the archived minutes to learn more about the Code Enforcement Board.


The Housing Authority is responsible for providing safe and sanitary housing at affordable rents for income qualified families. The Housing Authority works with Section 8 housing in the area. You are NOT required to be a City resident to serve on the Housing Authority Board, however some seats do require that you are a HA tenant. The Housing Authority has seven members who serve four-year terms.  Currently the Authority meets the third (3rd) Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at the Housing Authority Neighborhood Community Center.


The Police Officers’ Retirement Fund is charged with the general administration and operation of the Retirement Pension Trust Fund for the City’s police officers. The PORF is a five-member board and members are appointed to two-year terms. To serve you must be a City of Fort Walton Beach resident. Currently the board meets on a Quarterly basis or as needed.


The Firefighters’ Retirement Fund is responsible for the general administration and operation of the Retirement Pension Trust Fund for the City’s firefighters. The FFRF is a five-member board and are appointed to two-year terms. To serve you must be a City of Fort Walton Beach resident. Currently the board meets on a Quarterly basis or as needed.