Appearance Commission



Appearance Commission meetings are held the
2nd Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at

CITY HALL in the 2nd Floor Courtroom

The public is invited to attend. 


 About the Appearance Commission

The New Bern Appearance Commission is a seven-member advisory board that is appointed by the Board of Aldermen.   This commission serves as the City of New Bern’s tree advisory board and plays an important part in securing our yearly Tree City USA Growth Award.  The Appearance Commission gives information and recommendations in relation to public tree plantings and other beautification efforts.

Some of the tree planting projects the Board has been involved with include:  the median tree planting on Martin Luther King Boulevard, tree plantings on Spencer Avenue, Greater Duffyfield, Cedar Grove Cemetery, the Riverside Community, and most recently the replanting of the First Street Entrance corridor.

The Appearance Commission also administers the annual Neighborhood Beautification Awards for excellence in landscaping, appearance and beautification for both residential and non-residential categories.  Congratulations to last year's award winners who were recognized by the Board of Aldermen. 

Neighborhood Beautification Awards Program
A program of the New Bern Appearance Commission, the Neighborhood Beautification Awards program is designed to encourage and promote community involvement in keeping New Bern a beautiful place to live, work and play, and to recognize and reward City of New Bern residential property owners whose properties reflect their community pride.
The finest landscapes in the City, one from each of six Wards, will be recognized each year. All City of New Bern residential property owners are encouraged to participate by submitting their nominations.
We'd love to know your recommendations for a neighborhood Beautification Award.  Click here for a nomination form for the 2019 awards.  Award nominations end on May 31, 2019.