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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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Street Lights


The function of the Street Lighting Section is the maintenance and operation of street lights on City streets. This includes street lights owned and operated by MidAmerican Energy and the City of Des Moines. It also includes review of street lighting plats and new requests for lighting.


MidAmerican Energy Streetlighting


The majority of the streetlights within the City of Des Moines are owned and maintained by MidAmerican Energy.  Streetlight outages may be reported directly to MidAmerican Energy using their online Street Light Request Form or by calling MidAmerican Energy at 1-888-427-5632.  If you do not see the repairs completed within 4 weeks, please submit a second request to MidAmerican Energy.


City-Owned Streetlighting


The City of Des Moines does own and maintain some decorative streetlighting within the City.  These decorative lights are typically located in the downtown area (such as Court Avenue and E Locust).  Please contact our office at 283-4973 to report a decorative lighting outage or complete the Report a Streetlight Problem form.  We ask that you provide detailed information when indicating the location of the light including street name, side of street, adjacent address, and/or closest cross street.


If you are unsure of who owns and operates the streetlight you would like to report out, please contact our office at 515-283-4973 or fill out the city-owned streetlight report form.  Our office will forward the request to the correct entity.