In the City of Ellsworth, boards and commissions cover a wide range of subjects important to the community and provide an opportunity for citizens to affect decisions that shape quality of life.

Arbor Commission

The Arbor Commission advises the City Council and promotes Chapter 43: Tree Ordinance.

Board of Appeals

The Ellsworth Board of Appeals is appointed by the City Council to hear and decides appeals.

Frenchman Bay Regional Shellfish Conservation

The Frenchman Bay Regional Shellfish Conservation (FBRSC) manages shellfish resources of Frenchman Bay and educates harvesters and consumers to create a viable industry.

Harbor Commission

The Harbor Commission advises the Harbormaster and the City Council, establishes operational policy and procedures, budgets and capital improvement priorities for the Harbor and Harbor Park.


Historic Preservation Commission

Five members serve on the Historic Preservation Commission for three year terms. The Historic Preservation Commission seeks to preserve the architectural, historic, prehistoric and environmental heritage of the City and to develop and promote the cultural, educational and economic benefit of these resources.

Planning Board

The Ellsworth Planning Board reviews all proposed subdivision and major conditional use projects.

Recreation Commission

The Recreation Commission promotes recreation activities and collaborates with area organizations to encourage recreational activities within the community and at city-owned recreational facilities.

School Board

Ellsworth School Board is a five members board elected to serve 3-year terms. Visit the Ellsworth School Department to learn more about the School Board.