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Community Councils

Community Councils were primarily created to make zoning and land use decisions in a setting more accessible to the community. Community Councils also serve as advisory liaisons from their communities to the Board of County Commissioners and County staff, relaying relevant information and recommendations on selected concerns of the council area.

Community Councils make recommendations to the County Commission on capital, programming and operational priorities for municipal services such as police, parks, fire and roadway maintenance in their area as well as relaying other concerns and needs of local residents.

Each council serves one of ten geographic areas in unincorporated Miami-Dade County. See each area's page for the related map showing their boundaries. You can also use our online application to find which area you live in.

Community Council Vacancies

Several vacancies exist on various Community Councils. If you are interested in serving on a Community Council board, please contact our office at 305-375-1244.

Elected Council Members

  • Candidate must be a resident elector of Miami-Dade County for at least three (3) years prior to qualifying.
  • Candidate must be a resident elector of Council area for at least six (6) months prior to qualifying.
  • Candidate must be a resident elector of the Subarea for at least three (3) months prior to qualifying.
  • All candidates for Community Council shall qualify with the Clerk of the Circuit Court no earlier than the 72nd day and no later than 12:00 pm Noon of the 70th day prior to the date of the election of which he or she is a candidate, in the manner provided by law or ordinance. Each candidate shall pay a filing fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00).
  • No council member shall be employed by Miami-Dade County or be a member of the County Commission.
  • Community Council members are prohibited by Code from sitting on more than one County board.

At qualifying, interested candidates shall submit proof of residency which shall establish that the qualifying candidate has met the residency requirements for the required period.
Type of Election: Nonpartisan
Term: Four (4) years
Salary: None

Appointed Council Members

  • These members shall be appointed by the County Commissioner(s) whose district(s) include the boundaries of all or part of the Community Council area.
  • Appointee must be a resident elector of the Council area for at least three (3) years prior to qualifying.
  • Appointments shall be confirmed by a majority of the Board of County Commissioners.
  • No appointed Council Members shall be employed by Miami-Dade County or be a member of the County Commission.
  • Community Council members are prohibited by Code from sitting on more than one County board.

Term: Four (4) years
Salary: None
Candidates interested in being appointed to a Community Council shall submit a current resume, a copy of their voter registration card and a valid photo ID in person to 111 NW 1st Street, 11th floor, Zoning Agenda Coordination Section, additional information may be obtained by calling 305-375-1244.

Financial Disclosure

  • All Council members are required to file a Financial Disclosure (Form 1) within 30 days of appointment or election to the Council and on a yearly basis, thereafter.
  • Departing members must file a Final Financial Disclosure (Form 1 F) within 60 days of their effective departure date with the Elections Department. Failure to do so may result in severe penalties. For additional information, please contact the Elections Department, or call 305-499-8413.
  • Qualifying Requirements, Fees and Forms must be obtained and submitted to the Elections Department.
  • Community Council Training

    (Miami-Dade County Charter, Article 20, Section 20.43)

    History

    The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) created Community Councils in 1996. Each council serves one of ten geographic areas in unincorporated Miami-Dade County and is comprised of six members elected by the community and one appointed by the BCC. All members must be registered voters and reside in the area that they represent.

    Community Councils were primarily created to make zoning and land use decisions in a setting more accessible to the community. Community Councils also serve as advisory liaisons from their communities to the Board of County Commissioners and County staff, relaying relevant information and recommendations on selected concerns of the council area.

    Community Councils make recommendations to the County Commission on capital, programming and operational priorities for municipal services such as police, parks, fire and roadway maintenance in their area, as well as relaying other concerns and needs of local residents.

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