• 2019 Pet Licenses

    Beginning on Monday, November 26th, pet licenses and dog park permits for 2019 will be available at the City Clerk's Office

    Questions? Please contact the City Clerk 283-4209.

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  • 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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  • 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 & Music Festival

    Annual event with culinary culture from around the world.

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Vehicles Flagged for Towing

 

It is illegal to park a vehicle with four or more delinquent parking tickets on any City property.  A ticket becomes delinquent when it is not paid within 30 days nor appealed within 7 business days.   Vehicles with four or more delinquent parking tickets are placed on a tow list with the Des Moines Police Department.  If towed, all delinquent tickets must be paid, as well as a $20 preservation fee.  The City Clerk’s Office, 400 Robert D. Ray Drive, provides releases to the registered owner of the vehicle Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM with cash, Visa or MasterCard accepted.  The Police Department, 25 E. 1st Street, provides releases, Monday thru Friday, 5:00 PM  – 7:00 PM, cash, Visa or MasterCard is accepted at their window.   Once the tickets are paid, the citizen is given a Vehicle Impound Release form to present to the towing company which allows them to retrieve their vehicle.  Once all towing expenses are paid, the vehicle is released to the citizen.

 

If the vehicle owner feels the towing was not warranted, they may file for an Administrative Hearing at the City Clerk's Office, within 10 days of impoundment.  This is only allowed for vehicles towed for illegal parking.