This district is administered by a local councils, namely, the Tapah District Council, based in Tapah.
The major towns of Batang Padang are Bidor, Tapah and Sungkai.
In August 2007 the Perak Government announced the discovery of large water aquifers at Batang Padang. They plan to sell the water to neighbouring Selangor to help solve future water shortage problems in that state. Selangor is the most populated state in Malaysia