• Local Option Sales & Service Tax

    Learn about the Local Option Sales & Service Tax (LOSST) proposed for the City of Des Moines.


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  • Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Symposium

    The 33rd Annual Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Symposium is March 20, 2019! Register now for a day packed with interactive workshops to address economic, social, political, and judicial progress.


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  • 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 Festival and Event City

    DSM has been designated a “World Festival and Event City” by the International Festivals and Events Association.


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Form of Government

The council-manager form of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council or other governing body with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. Approximately 59% of US cities with populations of 25,000 or more, and 47% of US cities with populations of 5,000 or more, have adopted the council-manager form.

Role of City Council

The Mayor and City Council members act as the political head of the city. They are responsible for setting policy, approving the budget, determining the tax rate, and formulating broad long-term policies that outline the City's public function. The manager is appointed by council to carry out policy and ensure that the entire community is being served. The manager makes policy recommendations to the council, but the council may or may not adopt them and may modify the recommendations. The manager is bound by whatever action the council takes.

For more information on the Des Moines City Council, when meetings are held, how to contact a council member, council agenda information and council appointments - click here

City Manager's Office Divisions

The City Manager's Office consists of the following divisions:


The City Manager and City Manager's Office staff administer the City budget and direct the day-to-day operations of the City.

Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development is dedicated to meeting your business needs by focusing our resources and implementing creative approaches to assure the success of your project. Services provided include the following:

Project Management
Confidential building and site selection assistance
Development financing


Public Information Office

Public Information Office functions as the central resource for City communications.


Facilities Division

The Facilities Division is responsible for the operations and maintenance of City Facilities. We strive for efficient operations of our buildings, while providing attractive, clean, accessible, safe and sustainable environments for our citizens and staff. 


Fleet Services Division

The Fleet Services Division serves all City departments, by acquiring new vehicles and equipment, while providing preventative maintenance and repair work required to support safe and efficient delivery of services to our citizens and staff.