Yarra's 19.5 square kilometres includes the suburbs of:
- Carlton North
- Clifton Hill
- Fitzroy North
- Princes Hill
- Parts of Alphington and Fairfield (south of Heidelberg Road)
Residents and businesses in Yarra are represented by 9 councillors.
The municipality is broken up into three geographic wards: Langridge Ward, Melba Ward and Nicholls Ward. Each ward is represented by 3 councillors.
Yarra City Council has a total capital and operating budget of $162.5 million, which is used to deliver a wide range of community services and maintain essential community infrastructure.