Urban Development Directorate (UDD) was established through a government order in 17th July 1965. This directorate is working under the Ministry of Housing and Public Works. Since its inception, UDD is contributing in developing Master Plan/Land Use Plan for small, medium and large town and cities of Bangladesh. Thus it is contributing in development of the localities and lifestyle of peoples of Bangladesh in direct and indirect ways.
Vision of UDD is to augment the quality of life of the people by improving the environment through planned development activities for adequate infrastructure, services and utility provision, to make optimum utilization of resources especially land and to ensure a geographically balance urbanization. It also aims to reduce local and regional disparity by alleviating poverty and to create good governance in the country through people participation and empowering of woman. Urban Development Directorate would welcome any co-operation, assistance and patronage from national and international quarters.
UDD intends to participate in wider scale in nation building activities with national and international development partners like UNDP, World Bank, IDA, ADB, EC, JICA and other organizations.