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 2022:

New Year’s Day: Friday,  December 31, 2021*
Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Day:  Monday, January 17, 2022
President’s Day: Monday, February 21, 2022
Memorial Day: Monday, May 30, 2022
Fourth of July: Monday, July 4, 2022
Labor Day: Monday, September 5, 2022
Columbus Day: Monday, October 10, 2022
Veteran’s Day: Friday, November 11, 2022
Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 24, 2022
Day after Thanksgiving: Friday  November 25, 2022
Christmas Day: Monday, December 26, 2022**

* New Year's Day falls on Saturday; City offices will be closed on Friday, December 31, 2021.

** Christmas falls on Sunday; City offices will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2022.