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  • 2018 Pet Licenses

    2018 Animal Licenses & Dog Park permits are now on sale. All dogs & cats 6 months old and older need to have a pet license. Dog park permits allow entry into all 3 of the City's dog parks.

    Questions? Please contact the City Clerk 283-4209.


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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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Excess Property Sales Types


Excess Land Overview 

The City of Des Moines owns individual parcels of land and right-of-way, which are needed for a many municipal purposes, such as municipal buildings, streets, alleys, airport, parks, urban renewal and storm water management. When a parcel of land is no longer needed for municipal purposes, the City classifies the parcel as "Excess Land" and attempts to sell it. The sale of excess land provides an opportunity for the City to generate revenue from the sales price, as well as increasing the tax base. Future maintenance costs and liability are also eliminated when excess land is sold. Excess land sales are categorized as either "Project Related" or "Non-Project Related" for accounting and maintenance purposes.


Project Related Sales 

Project Related sales are defined as the sale of parcels that were acquired as part of a specific public improvement or urban renewal project, or parcels that are identified and negotiated for sale or exchange as part of property acquisition requirements for the project. The proceeds derived from the sale of Project Related parcels are deposited back into the appropriate Capital Improvements or Operating Budget program accounts, which are used to offset the original land acquisition cost and to support the ongoing goals of that project. Many Project Related parcels were also originally purchased with state and/or federal funding, and those funding guidelines require the City to return any land sale proceeds back to the project.


Non-Project Related Sales

Non-Project Related sales are defined as the sale of parcels that are owned by the City, but were not acquired with project related funds. Most of the City's Non-Project Related parcels are street and alley right-of-ways that were dedicated by platting. Some of these dedicated street and alley right-of-ways were never paved and have no anticipated or known future public need. Other street and alley right-of-ways were used at one time, but are no longer needed for public purposes.


Property Maintenance Endowment Fund 

The proceeds derived from the sale of Non-Project Related parcels are deposited into the Property Maintenance Endowment Fund.  The purpose of the endowment fund is to provide financial support for ongoing property maintenance costs for Non-Project related excess land, other City-owned property and emergency needs.