Due to renovations some offices have moved, please check the City Hall Move page for more information.
  • 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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Picture of City Clerk staff taken August 2013

City Clerk's Office


The City Clerk is an Appointee of the City Council and serves at the Council's pleasure. The City Clerk is responsible for duties defined by the Code of Iowa and designated by the City Council. These include supervision of City Council staff support services, preparation of City Council agendas; recording and maintaining all Council records, proceedings and ordinances; collection of non-moving traffic violations fees; and issue of various Licenses and Permits. The City Clerk regularly provides information concerning Council proceedings and ordinances to the general public and other City Departments. The Department has five major operating divisions; Legislative Records, License and Permits, Parking Violation, Animal Licensing, and Voter Registration and Elections. Our office hours are 8AM-5PM, Monday-Friday.


Left to right: (back) Gena, Laura, Karen, Linda; (front) Shelly, Diane, Sandi.

Extra Mile -- Extra Smile


The City Clerk's Office friendly and knowledgeable staff has a combined 138 years of service to the citizens of Des Moines. If we don't have the information you need, we will do our best to point you in the right directions.