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. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.
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
For additional information on permits issued by the City of Des Moines, please click here
The State of Iowa now issues all Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical licenses required to do business in the City of Des Moines.
More information on Plumbing and Mechanical licensing may be obtained here.
More information on Electrical licensing may be obtained here.
CODES ENFORCED BY THE CITY OF DES MOINES EFFECTIVE March 1, 2017:
The following codes are adopted by reference with very few additions or deletions in the Municipal Code.
2015 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE
2015 INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE
2015 INTERNATIONAL EXISTING BUILDING CODE
Local Condition Information
||Subject To Damage From:
|Ground Snow Load
|Seismic Design Category
||Frost Line Depth
||Winter Design Temp
||Ice Shield Required
||Air Freezing Index
||Mean Annual Temp
||Moderate to Heavy
||Slight to Moderate
*Topographic Effects- None
*Special Wind Region- No
*Windborne Debris Zone- No
2015 INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL CODE
2015 NATIONAL FUEL GAS CODE
2014 LIQUIFIED PETROLEUM GAS CODE
2015 INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE
2017 NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
2015 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, 2015 IBC and ANSI A117.1 - 2009 EDITION
ENERGY - IOWA STATE ENERGY CODE, 2015 INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE
ENGINEERING - IOWA STATEWIDE URBAN DESIGN AND SPECIFICATIONS/STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS (SUDAS) 2015 EDITION (effective April 2015)
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:
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. Site Plan review times are typically 15 days for the first review and 7 days for re-submittals, baring any extenuating circumstances such as Board of Adjustment action, plat of survey, etc.
Residential review times are typically 5 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.