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Permit and Development Center

The Permit and Development Center has an extensive collection of Forms and Documents. You may click on the tabs above (General Info, Residential and Commercial) to locate documents specific to your type of project.

 

Our Offices are in the Argonne Armory Building located at 602 Robert D. Ray Drive. Enter the south end of the building. We are located directly north of the new Brenton Skating Plaza.

 
The Permit and Development Center (PDC) is a division of the Community Development Department and the central hub for all building and development activities in the City of Des Moines. These activities include the following:
 
Development Planning, Zoning Land Use Inquires
Variance and Rezoning requests, Subdivision Plat review, approval and inspections
Site plan review and approval
Commercial and Residential building project review, approval and inspections
Tax Abatement Information and Applications
Home owner electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits & examinations
Sign and Power Engineers Licensing
Pre-Application Conferences
For additional information on permits issued by the City of Des Moines, please click here

The State of Iowa now issues all Plumbing and Mechanical licenses required to do business in the City of Des Moines. More information may be obtained here.

 

CODES ENFORCED BY THE CITY OF DES MOINES EFFECTIVE NOV 1, 2013:

The following codes are adopted by reference with very few additions or deletions in the Municipal Code.  

2012 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE
2012 INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE
2012 INTERNATIONAL EXISTING BUILDING CODE

Local Condition Information

      Subject To Damage From:          
Ground Snow Load Wind Speed Seismic Design Category Weathering Frost Line Depth Termite Decay Winter Design Temp Ice Shield Required Flood Hazard Air Freezing Index Mean Annual Temp
30 psf 90 mph A Severe 42" Moderate to Heavy Slight to Moderate 0 F Yes March 1984 1833 48.6 F
  
 
20012 INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL CODE
20012 INTERNATIONAL FUEL GAS CODE
2012 INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE
2011 NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
2012 UNIFORM PLUMBING CODE
(The City of Des Moines is also obligated to enforce the Iowa State Plumbing Code)
ACCESSIBILITY - DIVISION 7 of the IOWA STATE BUILDING CODE, IOWA STATE ACCESSIBILITY CODE, 2012 IBC and ANSI A117.1 - 2009 EDITION
ENERGY - IOWA STATE ENERGY CODE, 2012 INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE
 
ENGINEERING - IOWA STATEWIDE URBAN DESIGN AND SPECIFICATIONS/STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS (SUDAS) 2006 EDITION
 

CITY OF DES MOINES MUNICIPAL CODE:

Building Ordinance - Chapter 26

Fire Ordinance - Chapter 46

Zoning Ordinance - Chapter 134

Engineering Ordinance - Chapter 94

Flood Plain Ordinance - Chapter 50 & 134

Traffic Safety Regulations - Chapter 102

Historic District Ordinance - Chapter 58 Article II

Landmark Ordinance - Chapter 58 Article III

Subdivision Ordinance - Chapter 106

Skywalk Ordinance - Chapter 102 and 26

Site Plan Ordinance - Chapter 82

Sound Ordinance - Chapter 42 Article IV

Sign Ordinance - Multiple Chapters - use search feature

Tree Preservation Ordinance - Chapter 42 Article X

Transient Merchant Ordinance - Chapter 78 Article III

 

 
 For the most current information, click on the following link: Municipal Code
 

We hope you find the following links helpful:

 
 
 
 
 

 

Department Contacts:

PDC Administration:        Ross Stafford    rhstafford@dmgov.org
Zoning Enforcement:       SuAnn Donovan     smdonovan@dmgov.org
Building Codes:                Cody Christensen    cjchristensen@dmgov.org

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 
1)      What are the current plan review times?
 
A.      Plan review times vary with the time of year, project size and case load. We typically have a building plan review time of:
10 working days for small projects
15 working days for medium projects
20 working days for large projects
LEED certified/Green projects are moved to the top of the review list. (Please identify the project as being Green on the commercial application included with your submittal.)
Re-review of responses to comments is typically completed in 5 working days.
Site Plan review times are typically 10-15 days for the first review. Re-submittals are typically completed in 7 days baring any extenuating circumstances such as Board of Adjustment action, plat of survey, etc.
Residential review times are typically 3 days.
 
Review times are subject to change: It is best to call our office at (515) 283-4200 to verify exact review times.
 
2)      What do I need to submit for my project?
 
A.      Based on the type of building project you are working on, you may use our submittal matrix for guidance.
B.    Two sets of drawings and structural calculations (if applicable) accompanied by a completed application which can be found on the "tabs" above for the type of project.