• 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


    PlanDSM Website

  • 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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  • Des Moines Public Library Annual Report

    Read all about the GREAT CONNECTIONS the Des Moines Public Library has made over the past year - by providing a great collection, outstanding programs, and excellent customer service - to Des Moines residents and beyond.


    DMPL Annual Report

  • 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.


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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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Engineering Mission


The mission of the Engineering Department is to construct public infrastructure and maintain traffic control systems essential to the safety, health, mobility, and quality of life for Des Moines' citizens, business, and guests.


Responsibilities of the Engineering Department


The Engineering Department is responsible to provide the following services:
     Design and manage construction projects for streets, bridges, sewers, buildings, parks, and other infrastructure.
     Construction field services such as inspection, testing, and survey for public and subdivision work.
     Construction contract administration including bidding of projects along with Federal and State Grant compliance.
     Real estate acquisition, relocation services, and city owned property disposition.
     Operate and maintain traffic signals, street signs, street lights and pavement markings.
     Operate and maintain parking garages, parking lots, parking meters, and issue parking permits.
     Permitting activities in the streets and boarder areas such as utility installation, drive accesses, encroachments, 
     sidewalk construction, oversize/overweight permits, house moving permits, and taxi and limo licensing.
     Provide technical support to Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority (WRA) click here and all
     other City Departments.