MDP was previously known as Pendang town body and the administration was under the Kota Setar's jurisdiction. However, by January 1st, 1976, Pendang manage to separate from Kota Setar to form their own body that covers Pendang, Bukit jenun and Tokai town with an area of 6.825 km2.

Starting from March 1st, 1979 the Pendang town body was known as Pendang local authority's district council. An area of 629.29 km2 was under its jurisdiction.

Since 1987, for standardization purposes, Pendang local authority's district council was therefore known as Pendang district council (MDP).