Logan was declared a city and the Logan City Council replaced the Logan Shire Council on 1 January 1981. In March 1995 some parts of Moreton Shire were added to the City and on 15 March 2008 the City amalgamated with the northern urban areas of Beaudesert Shire and the Beenleigh/Eagleby areas north of the Albert River from Gold Coast City.
Local Government Councils under the "Local Government Act 1993" and subsequent "Local Government Act 2009" and through local laws: promote economic development; own and manage public infrastructure including roads and public works, sewerage, and water storage and distribution; regulate activities which affect the environment including air, noise and water quality, land use and waste disposal, pests and noxious weeds, and building control; provide community services including recreational and cultural facilities and public health services.
Under the "Local Government Act 2009". local governments have " the power to do anything that is necessary or convenient for the good rule and local government of its local government area" including conduct joint government activities, engage in business enterprises. construct and maintain roads and other infrastructure. Indigenous Councils which are also Trustee Councils are responsible for business related to trust land while Community Forums may be established to discuss community issues.
Councils generate revenue from rates, service charges, grants and subsidies from state and federal governments, and loans for major projects.
The Logan City Council is comprised of a mayor and one councillor elected for each of the 12 divisions. From 1 July 2010, Allconnex Water, jointly-owned by the Gold Coast, Redland and Logan City Councils, assumed responsibility for the provision of water and wastewater services.