Meeting Location and Time
Regularly scheduled City Council meetings occur at 4:30 PM in City Hall’s Council Chambers, located at 400 Robert D Ray Drive on the east end of the 2nd floor.
Municipal Housing Agency Governing Board Meeting Schedule
Request to Speak at City Council Meeting
To request to speak at a City Council meeting fill out and submit the Request to Speak form.
Procedural Rules of Des Moines City Council
Mayor and City Council
The City of Des Moines is pleased to provide accommodations to disabled individuals or groups and encourages participation in City government. To better serve you, please notify us at least three business days in advance when possible at (515) 283-4209, should special accommodations be required. City Council Meetings are broadcast with closed captioning. Assistive Listening Devices are available for meetings in the Council Chambers.
City of Des Moines' Boards, Commissions, & Committees
The City of Des Moines’ Boards, Commissions, and Committees are special groups delegated to consider some matter. Members of these groups are appointed by City Council Members. Below is a list of the groups, many with additional information available on their respective Websites. If you are interested in serving on any of the groups you may apply for appointment using the links above. The Neighborhood Revitalization Board requires completion of a separate application. Most board seats have no special requirement, other than being a citizen of Des Moines. However, some seats require special criteria for members.
Birth and Marriage Certificates
The City Clerk's Office is not responsible for birth and marriage licenses but we are happy to provide you with information on how to obtain these vital records.
Information on the requirements to obtain marriage license or get a copy of a marriage certificate is available by calling (515) 286-3160 or on the Polk County Recorder's website
If you were born in Polk County birth certificates copies are available through the Polk County Recorder's Office. You can reach them by calling (515) 286-3160 or via their website
If you were not born in Polk County but were born in Iowa, birth certificates copies are available through the State of Iowa Department of Public Health at (515) 281-4944 or via their website
To obtain a Death Certificate for insurance policies, estate settlement, or real estate transfers, contact the Polk County Recorder's Office
at (515) 286-3160.
To obtain a raised seal certified copy of a death certificate you can write to the Recorder or go to the office. They will only have the record if the person died in Polk County or if they were a Polk County resident at the time of death. They do not have death records prior to July 1, 1941.
For records not available through the Polk County Recorder's Office, you should contact the State of Iowa Department of Public Health by calling (515) 281-4944 or via their website
If you're looking for death certificates for genealogy purposes, the Polk County Recorder's Office has some helpful information on their website
Registration cards are available to anyone who is over seventeen and a half years of age. Registration cards may be obtained in person or by mail. For more information on registering to vote, call the Polk County Election Office at (515) 286-3247 or visit their website. Either there website was down at the time or the link is no longer valid. I tried bing and all of those links failed as well.
The Polk County Recorder's Office contains valuable information concerning your home, family, business and recreation. The Recorder's office maintains all official real estate documents and provides retrieval and reproduction of these records for the public and businesses. Some of the official documents in this office are:
Deeds & Contracts State & Federal Tax Liens Mortgages
Birth/Death/Marriage Records Assignments Releases
Plats & Surveys Easements Military Records
111 Court Ave Suite 250
Des Moines, Iowa 50309