Traffic and Transportation Division
Service hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. excluding holidays.
We are located in the City Hall Basement, 400 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, Iowa.
Here are a few of our "Frequently Asked Questions"
New Traffic Signal Installations
The HAWK Pedistrian Signal
This new signal has been installed on Grand Avenue near Polk Boulevard. It is is called a HAWK signal. HAWK stands for High-intensity Activated crossWalK signal and provides a way to increase pedestrian safety while reducing the amount of delay for vehicles. The signal is scheduled to be turned on July 13th, 2012. For more information, visit our Hawk signal page
The Accessible Pedistrian Signal
An APS (Accessible Pedestrian Signal) is a special type of pedestrian pushbutton at a traffic signal that provides audible cues such as tones or voice message to low vision or blind pedestrians to let them know when to cross the street. A process had been created for receiving and prioritizing request to install these buttons at existing signalized pedestrian crossing locations. Locations that are more complex in that they are skewed, have low traffic volumes, left turn arrows, or several lanes to cross will score higher than smaller, less complex intersections. To request an APS at an existing signalized location, you will need to fill out and submit the APS request form
Traffic and Transportation Division - Roles and Responsibilities
The Traffic & Transportation Division encompasses many varied responsibilities, including but not limited to those listed below:
Traffic Studies, Street Lighting, Right-of-Way (ROW) Management, Traffic Signs, Traffic Signals, Street Pavement Marking, Parking (Municipal Parking Garages, Parking Meters and Off-Street Parking) and Skywalk Operations and Maintenance.
Licenses, Permits, and Applications
Traffic & Transportation also issues a varied assortment of licenses & permits such as:
Please note some documents may still show our old address. Please see new address information at top of page.
Special Parking Permits
Off-Street Parking Permits
Residential Parking Permits
House Moving Permits:
Annual House Moving Company Licenses and individual House Moving Permits are only issued to House Movers with current annual licenses in Des Moines.
General House Moving Information
Small Moving Permits:
Single Trip Moving Permit ($10)
Multi-Trip Moving Permit ($200)
Annual Oversize-Overweight Vehicle Permit ($300)
Annual Oversize Vehicle Permit ($25)
Taxi, Limousine & Para-Transit Driver Licensing
New Applications ($40)
Annual Renewals ($30)
We also assist in preparing the application packet for the initial Taxi, Limousine, & Para-Transit Company Operating Certificate/License (Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for Taxi & Limo Operation; Licence to Operate for Para-Transit Operation).
Taxicab Company Application Checklist
Limousine Company Application Checklist
Once a Vehicle for Hire Company is conducting business under a City of Des Moines Certificate/License we assist the company in meeting their annual requirements, including annual renewal. See also City of Des Moines Municipal Code (specifically Chapter 126 - Vehicles for Hire).
Official List - Licensed Taxi, Limousine & Para-Transit Companies in the City of Des Moines.
Traffic and Transportation Staff
Jennifer L. Bohac PE PTOE City Traffic Engineer
Michael P. Ring PE Principal Traffic Engineer
Jennifer L. Dakovich PE Principal Traffic Engineer
Michael R. Berry Traffic Facilities Administrator
Mark Garrett Traffic Engineer I
Mark Dakovich Traffic Control Supervisor
Bill Stevens Senior Construction Inspector
Ron Bauge CAD Graphic Technician
Toni Brown Traffic Analyst
Calvin Miller Skywalk Facilities Manager
Michelle Schomer Administrative Assistant and Traffic Safety Committee Recording Secretary
Judy Gracey Customer Service Representative