Due to renovations some offices have moved, please check the City Hall Move page for more information.
  • Help Celebrate the New Amenity!

    The metro’s premiere youth baseball facility just added a new 200 vehicle parking lot. To mark the occasion, you are invited to attend a special 3 inning game between the City of Des Moines and Polk County. Players will include staff, city and county officials. In the event of rain, a ceremony will be held at the shelter.


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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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  • AViD 2016

    It's the 2016 season of the popular Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series from the Des Moines Public Library. All AViD author events are free and open to the public.


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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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Parking Meters

SmartCard Program Logo If you've seen this yellow spot on a parking meter, Parking meter with Smart Card Logo

downtown, you've seen one of the approximately 3200 City of Des Moines SmartCard Parking Meters.

The SmartCard provides convenience and allows the user to refund any unused time back onto their SmartCard.

For more information please see: www.downtowndesmoines.com/smart-card

SmartCards can be purchased at :

3rd & Court Parking Garage Office

9th & Locust Parking Garage Office (Located in the  NE Corner)

Traffic and Transportation Office, 400 E Court Ave., 2nd Floor

Wellmark YMCA Lobby, 5th and Grand

Parking Meter Info:

Parking Meter Hours Monday through Friday 8AM to 6PM.  Parking Meters are free on the street on select holidays:

New Years Day

Memorial Day

July 4th

Labor Day


Christmas Day

1. Presentation on the SmartCard Program: Take me to the SmartCard presentation!

2. New Configuration Parking Meters; Double Space Parking Meters (single meter head controlling two parking   spaces).

3. How to appeal or pay a parking ticket; visit the Clerks Office Page for appeal or click here to Pay Online.


Please contact the Traffic & Transportation Division at (515) 283-4973 for further information.