• PlanDSM

    Public Meetings will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on:

    February 24 - Municipal Service Center

    February 26 - Polk County River Place

    March 3 - Des Moines Public Library Downtown

    March 10 - Polk County River Place


    PlanDSM Website

  • 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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  • Des Moines Public Library Annual Report

    Read all about the GREAT CONNECTIONS the Des Moines Public Library has made over the past year - by providing a great collection, outstanding programs, and excellent customer service - to Des Moines residents and beyond.


    DMPL Annual Report

  • Best City for Young Professionals

    City Award - Best City for Young Professionals. Des Moines tops the list for the Best City for Young Professionals. Factors such as local unemployment rates, job growth projections and median salaries of 24 - 34 year old employed college grads.


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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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Vehicles Flagged for Towing are Found on City Scofflaw List


It is illegal to park a vehicle on any City property if that vehicle has accumulated four or more delinquent parking tickets.  A ticket becomes delinquent when it is not paid within 30 days nor appealed within 7 days.   Vehicles with four or more tickets are placed on a vehicle impound list (Tow List) with the Des Moines Police Department.  If towed, all delinquent tickets must be paid, as well as the $20 preservation fee.  The City Clerk’s Office provides releases to the registered owner of the vehicle Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM with cash or Visa/MC being accepted.  The Police Department provides releases, Monday thru Friday, 5:00 PM  – 7:00 PM, however, only cash is accepted at their window.   Once the tickets are paid, the citizen is given a Vehicle Impound Release form to present to the towing company which allows them to retrieve their vehicle.  Once all towing expenses are paid, the vehicle is released to the citizen.


If the vehicle owner feels the towing was not warranted, they may file for an Administrative Hearing within 10 days of impoundment.  This is only allowed for vehicles towed for illegal parking.  


To receive a release of a towed vehicle between the hours of 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM visit the Police Records Section, located on the first floor of the Police Department, 25 East First Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.