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  • Earth Day Trash Bash 2017

    Volunteers are needed for Iowa's largest Earth Day cleanup event on Friday, April 21. Last year, we had 1565 volunteers remove over 40,000 pounds of litter, brush, tires and recyclables while beautifying our public lands, cleaning up our waterways, clearing away invasive species, creating new trails and more. Join the effort this year!

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  • Mayor's Annual Ride and Run

    This annual fundraiser benefitting the trail system, starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 15 with the 5k Walk/Fun Run, followed by a 25-mile recreational Bike Ride. Register prior to April 15 for just $30 or pay $40 the day of the event at the Richard A. Clark Municipal Center. For an additional $5, participants can enter both events. Children 5-18 are $5.

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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 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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Health and Zoning Code Enforcement

Health and Zoning Code Enforcement


A major component of the Divisions duties deals with health and zoning complaints. The majority of this work deals with junk/debris and junk vehicles which are violations of the municipal code. Inspectors identify violations, advise the property owner of the violation, giving them appropriate time to conduct clean-ups on their own. If the violation is not abated, the inspector arranges a clean up at the property owner's expense.


Complaints may be brought to the attention of the Division by phoning (515) 283-4046 or by Email.


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