The City of Robbinsdale is a Charter City establishing the "Council-Manager Plan." This means that the Robbinsdale City Council sets the policy direction and the City Manager is responsible for the administration of the city including day-to-day operations and hiring City staff. The Mayor is the presiding officer of the council. The Mayor and City Council each have equal votes on all motions. The City Manager is appointed for an indefinite period and the city manager shall be removed at the discretion of the council at any time by a three-fifths vote.
The original City Charter was adopted November 8, 1938.
City offices are located in three locations:
- City Hall, 4100 Lakeview Ave N
- Police/Fire, 4101 Hubbard Ave N
- City Shop, 4601 Toledo Ave N