The City of Belvidere is served by a mayor/council government with 10 elected officials each serving a 4-year term. Residents are encouraged to become actively involved in city government, and communication with local officials is strongly encouraged.

Public utilities include a water department that is owned and operated by the City of Belvidere with a supply coming from eight wells capable of pumping more than 11 million gallons per day. The city boasts 78 miles of water mains and 591 hydrants. The water is state tested, with chlorine added for purity. Belvidere's sewage treatment plant is municipally owned. Wastewater treatment processing capabilities exceed 6.5 million gallons per day. The wastewater plant operates in accordance with IEPA and USEPA regulations and is directed by a certified state licensed operator.

Commonwealth Edison Company supplies electricity to the city, with a headquarters in nearby Rockford. Nicor Gas provides area residents with reliable, economical gas supplies. GTE offers advanced digital services to Belvidere, installing and maintaining a comprehensive range of PBXs and data products. Residents can take advantage of such offerings as digital switching, T-1, or ISDN for their telecommunications needs.

An enhanced Emergency-911 telephone system and an exceptional Police Department serve Belvidere residents. The Police Department staff includes 32 full-time police officers. The Department owns 17 squad cars that are equipped with two-way radio and first aid equipment. Areas of specialization include a K-9 Unit, Gang Intervention Unit, Bike Patrol, Accident Reconstruction and Auto Theft Task Force. Programs offered by the Police Department include an Elderly Service Program, Neighborhood Watch and the Citizens Police Academy.

The Belvidere Fire Department consists of 22 full-time firefighters who serve the community from two station locations. The Fire Department emphasizes professionalism and continuing education and training for all members. All firefighters are trained in lifesaving emergency medical treatment and the department staff includes 6 paramedics. There are 7 emergency vehicles in the department. Areas of focus in the department include Arson Investigations, Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Inspections. A highly regarded Juvenile Fire-setters education program exists, and programs currently in development include a Dive Rescue Team, and confined space rescue techniques. The department participates in many local safety awareness programs.

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