• Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.


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  • Pet Licenses On Sale

    2016 pet licenses and dog park permits are now available.

    All dogs & cats 6-months & older require a license.

    Questions? Please contact the City Clerk 283-4209.


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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.


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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.


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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.


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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.


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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


Special Accommodations


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.