The City of Vernon has numerous distinct neighbourhoods including City Centre, Predator Ridge, Bella Vista West, East Bella Vista Highlands, North Vernon, Waterfront, Okanagan Hills, Okanagan Landing, Blue Jay Subdivision and Foothills. Some of these neighbourhoods have their own services, bylaws and neighbourhood plans within the Official Community Plan.
Vernon is located within the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO). Certain government services are provided to Vernon's residents and business by the RDNO directly, and others are jointly funded by the City of Vernon and the RDNO, such as Greater Vernon Recreation.
The RDNO is one of 28 regional districts in the province of British Columbia. The Regional District functions as a partnership of the six municipalities (Armstrong, Coldstream, Enderby, Lumby, Spallumcheen, and Vernon) and the five electoral areas within its boundaries.