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 2023:

New Year's Day : Monday, January 2, 2023*

Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Day: Monday, January 16, 2023
President's Day: Monday, February 20, 2023
Memorial Day: Monday, May 29, 2023
Fourth of July: Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Labor Day: Monday, September 4, 2023
Columbus Day: Monday, October 9, 2023
Veteran's Day: Friday, November 10, 2023**
Thanksgiving Day:  Thursday, November 23, 2023
Day after Thanksgiving: Friday, November 24, 2023
Christmas Day: Monday, December 25, 2023

* New Year's Day falls on a Sunday; City offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2
** Veteran's Day falls on a Saturday; City offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10