• PlanDSM

    Public Meetings will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on:

    February 24 - Municipal Service Center

    February 26 - Polk County River Place

    March 3 - Des Moines Public Library Downtown

    March 10 - Polk County River Place


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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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  • Best City for Young Professionals

    City Award - Best City for Young Professionals. Des Moines tops the list for the Best City for Young Professionals. Factors such as local unemployment rates, job growth projections and median salaries of 24 - 34 year old employed college grads.


    Other Awards & Recognitions

  • 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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Sidewalk Maintenance Objective


Picture of a replaced sidewalk

The sidewalk division of the Community Development Department, in conjunction with the Engineering Department, inspects sidewalks with the objective to provide safe conditions for pedestrians.


Notice to Reconstruct Sidewalk


It is state law that the owner of any property abutting a public sidewalk shall maintain the sidewalk in a safe condition. If a property owner is notified their sidewalk is defective, the owner has 180 days to make repairs. A permit is required for a property owner or the contractor they hire to replace or repair the sidewalk. A permit costs $40.00 and is available in the city’s Permit and Development Center in the Armory Building at 602 Robert D Ray Drive. Sidewalk & Driveway permit questions can be answered at (515) 283-4536.  For more information on Sidewalk Ordinances, see the City Municipal Code


Brick Sidewalks


Property owners with defective brick sidewalks who wish to make repairs rather than replace the walk, may purchase bricks from the Department of Public Works for $0.50 cents each by contacting the Public Works 24-Hour Customer Service Center at (515) 283-4950.