City Clerk

Welcome to the City Clerk’s Office. This office serves as a go-between for the residents of Des Moines and the City Council, Mayor, and other various departments.

So what is the City Clerk? They are a city employee that is appointed by the City Council and responsible for duties defined by the Code of Iowa. Duties include:

  • City Council support services
  • Preparing City Council agendas
  • Recording and maintaining all Council records, proceedings, and ordinances
  • Collecting parking violations
  • Issuing various licenses and permits
  • Providing information about Council proceedings and ordinances

The Clerk’s Office is made up of five divisions. These are:

Council Records

Referencing and keeping track of council agendas and schedules. View agendas

Business License and Permits

Paperwork needed to run a business along with information about inspections. Learn more

Parking Violations

The process of what happens when you receive a ticket. Learn more

Animal Licensing

Information for residents with pets. Learn more


Provides and receives paperwork for positions on the Des Moines City Council and Mayoral elections. Learn more

Although not kept in this office, we can point you in the right direction to find life event or vital records, such as birth certificates, as well as voter registration on our Vital Records page.

Another service offered by the City Clerk’s Office for Des Moines residents is a Public Notary Service. This is available at no charge during business hours. Simply bring your photo ID and your unsigned documents to be signed in front of the notary.

City Clerk's Office
400 Robert D Ray Dr
Des Moines City Hall, 1st Floor
Des Moines, IA 50309
Monday – Friday,
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Excluding City holidays

For general assistance, call (515) 283-4209.

Laura Baumgartner

Laura Baumgartner
City Clerk