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City Clerk

The City Clerk:.

  • Is an appointee of the City Council
  • Responsible for duties defined by the Code of Iowa and designated by the City Council, including
    • City Council support services
    • Preparation of City Council agendas
    • Recording and maintaining all Council records, proceedings and ordinances
    • Collection of parking violations
    • Issuance of various licenses and permits.
    • Provides information about Council proceedings and ordinances

Five divisions:

  • Council Records
  • License and Permits
  • Parking Violation
  • Animal Licensing
  • Elections

Notary Public Services

  • Provided to residents of Des Moines at no charge during business hours
  • Bring photo ID
  • Do not sign documents - they must be signed in front of the Notary

Contact information

  • Business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • See City’s Holiday Schedule 
  • Address:
City Clerk's Office
P. Kay Cmelik, City Clerk
Des Moines City Hall
400 Robert D. Ray Drive, 1st Floor
Des Moines, IA 50309