• Flood Information

    For information about flooding, road & trail closures, and the most current press release, click "More Info" below.


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  • Grow with Google

    The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with Google to offer digital skills training and workshops at Central Library on Monday, April 15. Small business owners, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, educators and job seekers can register now.


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  • 2019 Pet Licenses

    Pet licenses and dog park permits for 2019 are available and the deadline to purchase a pet license without penalty is April 1st, 2019.

    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 Festival and Event City

    DSM has been designated a “World Festival and Event City” by the International Festivals and Events Association.


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Special Assessment Subsidy Program

The Special Assessment Subsidy Program is a program adopted by the City Council to assist low and moderate income home owners in paying assessments in conjunction with construction of new public improvements such as sanitary sewers, storm sewers, sidewalks, curb construction, and street paving. The Subsidy Program also covers repairs of sidewalks.


For Public Improvement projects, you must apply for the Special Assessment Subsidy within 180 days of the City Council’s approval of the new public improvement by adoption of the Resolution of Necessity.


For Sidewalk Repairs, you must apply for the Sidewalk Repair Subsidy within 180 days of the date listed on the NOTICE TO REPAIR SIDEWALK (Driveway approaches are not included in this program).


Eligibility for Assistance

You are eligible for assistance if you apply for subsidy within the specified timeframe listed above, and meet both the following requirements:


1.) You must be either the property owner or the contract buyer, and live at the property to be assessed at the time the City Council approves the Public Improvement Project by adopting the Resolution of Necessity, or when the Notice to Repair Sidewalk is issued. The property includes only the land around the home within the single parcel as identified for tax purposes by the Polk County Assessor.


2.) The adjusted annual income (as defined in the application) of your household does not exceed the limits based upon your household size. These limits are defined in the application.

For further information, please contact the City of Des Moines Special Assessments office at (515) 283-4231.

Special Assessment Sidewalk Subsidy Program Application

Special Assessment Subsidy Program Application