The district is governed by Majlis Perbandaran Teluk Intan or Teluk Intan Municipal Council which is based in the town of Teluk Intan. The District council was known as Majlis Daerah Hilir Perak or Hilir Perak District Council until 4 April 2004, when it was upgraded to Municipality status. Teluk Intan town is the district’s principal urban center while smaller towns include Langkap town, Hutan Melintang town, and Bagan Datoh town.
Teluk Intan town is on the southeast bank of the Perak River, opposite the kampong of Sungai Durian. It is developing as a well-planned administrative town, housing government buildings such as the Municipal Council Office and others. The town also has few shopping malls and a modern cinema.