Due to renovations some offices have moved, please check the City Hall Move page for more information.
  • myDSMmobile

    The City of Des Moines now has a free issue-reporting app that is available or iPhone and Android. You can use the app to report and track progress of issues. When you identify an issue you can easily report it by using the app. You'll take a photo, add details, and press submit.


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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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  • City Hall and Neighboring Area City Construction Projects

    The City's Engineering Department has a new website for information about the City Hall Improvements and other nearby City construction projects. For information about these projects visit projects.dmgov.org.



Des Moines City Hall
City Clerk

The City Clerk is appointed by the City Council and prepares the Council meeting packet as well as keeping the official record of Council proceedings. The City Clerk maintains the City’s official records, and receives legal documents on behalf of the City.

Licenses and Permits
Licenses and Permits

Over 15 different licenses and permits are issued by the City Clerk’s Office. These include a wide variety from dog and cat licenses, to liquor and cigarette licenses, as well as peddlers permits, and going-out-of-business permits.

Parking Tickets
Parking meters
Parking Ticket Payments

Parking tickets can be paid at the City Clerk's Office, Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, (cash, check VISA and MasterCard are accepted) or you can pay your parking ticket online.