Platte Woods is a fourth class city under Missouri statutes. Its governing body consists of the Mayor and a four-member Board of Aldermen that cover two wards. Other decision making bodies include the Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Administration Committee, Finances Committee, Public Works Committee, and the Public Safety Committee. City Hall staff includes a City Clerk and a Municipal Court Clerk.
Platte Woods has its own police department whose staff includes The Chief of Police and 8 officers. The Municipal Court Judge and Prosecutor serve on a contract basis.
Platte Woods has two churches located within its limits, Platte Woods United Methodist, and Christ Lutheran Church.
Platte Woods also is famous within the Kansas City area due to LC's Hamburger's Etc. and Pizza Shoppe's original location both claiming to be from the town, however both are technically right outside the city limits and are actually in Kansas City proper. Many do not realize this though because they are both located within a shopping center known as the Platte Woods Center.