• AViD 2014

    It's Raining Authors!

    The 2014 season of the popular Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series from the Des Moines Public Library. All AViD author events are free and open to the public.

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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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  • One of the Best Cities for Jobs

    Des Moines ranks #2 on Forbes 2012 list of Best Cities for Jobs.

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  • Ash Tree Insect Alert

    Information and educational links about emerald ash borer (EAB) are presented here so city residents can be informed about the city’s plans to treat and remove public ash trees, and so they can make plans to manage ash trees on private property.

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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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Governance
Des Moines City Hall
City Clerk

The City Clerk is appointed by the City Council and prepares the Council meeting packet as well as keeping the official record of Council proceedings. The City Clerk maintains the City’s official records, and receives legal documents on behalf of the City.

Licenses and Permits
Pets
Licenses and Permits

Over 15 different licenses and permits are issued by the City Clerk’s Office. These include a wide variety from dog and cat licenses, to liquor and cigarette licenses, as well as peddlers permits, and going-out-of-business permits.

Parking Tickets
Parking meters
Parking Ticket Payments

Parking tickets can be paid at the City Clerk's Office, Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, (cash, check VISA and MasterCard are accepted) or you can pay your parking ticket online.