• Happy 4th of July

    Most city offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd. All library branches will be closed on Friday & Saturday. Solid waste collection will be on regular schedule.


    4th of July Events

  • Clowns At The Carousel - August 2nd

    Clowns At The Carousel is August 2, 2015 starting at 4:00pm till 7:00 pm. It's all at Heritage Carousel located in Union Park of Des Moines, Iowa which is located at 725 Thompson Avenue. Don't miss this Free & Exciting event! We invite you to join us for a night of laughter, fun & entertainment at one of Des Moines, Iowa's greatest parks!


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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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Permit and Development Center


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Contact Information


Forms & Permit Applications



  • Archive Permit Search Request Form
  • Building Permit Extension Request Form
  • Electrical Permit Application-Version with automatic fee calculation available upon request, call: 515-283-4200
  • Mechanical Permit Application-Version with automatic fee calculation available upon request, call: 515-283-4200
  • Plumbing Permit Application-Version with automatic fee calculation available upon request, call: 515-283-4200
  • Grading Permit Application
  • Grading Permit Waiver
  • Power Engineer/Fireman License Application
  • Right-Of-Way Obstruction/Excavation Application
  • Right-Of-Way Obstruction Permit - Insurance Bond Information (For projects involving a building permit)(Non-Excavation)
  • Application For Certificate of Compliance - Existing Buildings
  • Application For Certificate of Compliance - New Buildings
  • Board of Appeals Application Form
  • Temporary Use Events Packet 


    Permit Fees


    Permit, Inspection, & Other Information

  • Cold Weather Concrete Policy
  • Cold Weather Concrete:  Projected Temperatures
  • Permit Requirements
  • Plan Review Flow Chart
  • Plan Review Information
  • When is an Architect Required? 
  • When is an Engineer Required?
  • Certificate of Exemption from Architectural Practice Exemption
  • Submittal Matrix Checklist
  • EPA Requirements for Safe Renovation, Remodeling and painting
  • Flood Information Brochure
  • Hydro-Test Certification (for waterlines over 2” in size)
  • Iowa’s Contractor Law – Registration and Bonding
  • Lead-Based Paint Notification
  • UFER Grounding System  
  • Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) Bonding