Fontana is a General Law City governed by a Mayor and a four-member City Council. The City also elects a City Clerk and City Treasurer. All elected officers for the City of Fontana serve the City for four-year terms, which are staggered. The City’s municipal elections are generally held on the first Tuesday in November in even-numbered years.
On September 12, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1767 which established four (4) City Council Districts, a By-District Election System for members of the City Council and provided for the Mayor of the City of Fontana to be elected City-wide.