Bay City's City Commission established the Historic District Commission as the ruling body over issues relating to development within the Midland Street and Center Avenue Historic Districts. The Commission also focuses on increasing public awareness of Bay City's heritage and identifies historic and cultural resources for the purpose of preserving the best examples of Bay City's past. The board consists of 7 members that are city residents, a majority of which should have a clearly demonstrated interest in or knowledge of historic preservation. Members serve 3-year terms. Members should have an interest in, or demonstrated experience in, historic preservation, building construction/engineering, and/or architecture. Meetings are held at 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from April through September, and on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from October through March.