Boards & Commissions

The volunteer spirit of Northfield is an essential part of what makes our Village so wonderful. The volunteers that serve on Boards and Commissions contribute their time to planning, researching, and analyzing issues affecting the quality of life in the Village. 

Members are appointed by the Village President and approved by the Board of Trustees. Although acceptance of an appointment to a Commission requires commitment on your part, you will find it rewarding and enriching as you become an integral part of the Village government. 

Below are short summaries of the responsibilities of each Board and Commission.  For more information, click their titles to be directed to their webpages.  To apply to serve on a Board or Commission, or to apply to be reappointed to your current position, please click here.


The Architectural Commission reviews and approves new development projects that contribute to the character of Northfield in order to create places of lasting value where people want to live, work and shop.

The Board of Police Commissioners provides for the hiring of new police officers, reviewing of rules and regulations with respect to appointments, and handles promotions and disciplinary actions within the Police Department. 

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The Foreign Fire Insurance Fund Board designates how to spend foreign firie insurance tax revenue that is paid by out-of-state insurance companies selling fire insurance in Illinois for the maintenance, use, and benefit of the Fire-Rescue Department.

The Plan and Zoning Commission reviews and plans land uses, prepares and recommends changes to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and map, and reviews special use applications and requests for zoning classification changes.

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The Police Pension Board administers and maintains police pension benefit investments.

The Village Board is the legislative and policy-making body of the Village and includes the Village President and six Trustees. 

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The Zoning Board of Appeals reviews and acts upon requests for exceptions to the Zoning Ordinance.