The parish of Lindaas was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Masfjorden was separated from Lindås on 1 March 1879. Austrheim was separated from Lindås on 1 January 1910. Alversund, and parts of Hamre and Hosanger, were merged with Lindås on 1 January 1964.
The administrative centre is Knarvik, located in the southeast part of the municipality. Other areas of population are Lindås, Seim, Ostereidet, Alversund and Fanebust. The municipality also has one of the largest oil refineries in northern Europe at its most northern tip. The oil refinery at Mongstad is by far the largest employer.