It was a district on 21 May 2009 after the Sultan of Perak declared Kampar the state’s 10th district. Its local government is Kampar District Council (Majlis Daerah Kampar), based in the town of Kampar.
According to population growth, the District Council (Majlis Daerah) can be enlarged to Municipal Council (Majlis Perbandaran) and finally to City Council (Majlis Bandaraya).
Historically, Kampar District was once famous for its tin, being one of the major tin producers in the 18th century. In the 19th century, Kinta district was famous for its tin. It was the number one tin producing valley in the world.