Laconia was established as a City in 1893 and is the county seat for Belknap County. Originally governed by a Mayor/City Council form of government, in 1971 the City implemented a City Manager/City Council form of government with the Mayor being the ceremonial head of the City.

Council & City Manager

The Council is responsible for all budgetary, judicial and executive functions of the City.
The City Manager, as chief administrative officer, oversees the City's day-to-day operations.

City offices will be closed in observance of the following holidays during 2021:

New Year’s Day: Friday, January 1, 2021
Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Day:  Monday, January 18, 2021
President’s Day: Monday, February 15, 2021
Memorial Day: Monday, May 31, 2021
Fourth of July: Monday, July 5, 2021 *
Labor Day: Monday, September 6, 2021
Columbus Day: Monday, October 11, 2021
Veteran’s Day: Thursday, November 11, 2021
Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 25, 2021
Day after Thanksgiving: Friday  November 26, 2021
Christmas Day: Friday, December 24, 2021**

* 4
th of July falls on Sunday; City offices will be closed on Monday, July 5
** Christmas falls on Saturday; City offices will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24