Apply For Membership

The City Clerk’s Office accepts applications for any Board or Commission at any time, and the application stays active for one year from the date of receipt in the Clerk’s Office. Applicants must be a resident of the City of Dubuque. Some boards and commissions may require compliance with the State of Iowa Gender Balance Law.

If you are interested in applying for an opening on a Board or Commission, please apply online or print the application.  

Saving Your Progress

It is recommended to save your progress while working on the online application form.

To return to a saved application:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in using the username/email and password used when saving the application
  3. Select "Forms Center" on the left
  4. Find "Saved Progress" to complete the application

Submitting a Printed Application

If completing a hard-copy, printed application (instead of an online application) please submit a printed hard copy of your application via mail or fax to:

City Clerk’s Office
City Hall
50 W. 13th St.
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone: 563.589.4120
Fax: 563.589.0890

If you have questions, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 563.589.4120.

Review Process

At the appropriate regularly scheduled meeting, applications will be submitted to the City Council for their review and applicants are encouraged to address the Council stating their reasons for wanting to serve on this particular Board or Commission.

Applicants will be advised when the application is being presented. Appointment to the Board or Commission will be made at a later meeting. Applicants will then be notified as to the outcome of the Council’s action.

If not appointed at that time, this application will be resubmitted, as needed, as long as the application is active (unless the applicant advises they are no longer interested).