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Neighborhood Inspections

Municipal Code

The Neighborhood Inspection Division is staffed by sixteen inspectors, three supervisors and one administrator. The Division has a clerical staff of four. Each inspector is responsible for a specific geographical area of the City.

The division has three primary responsibilities; rental inspections, the oversight of condemned buildings, and the abatement of junk and debris which includes junk vehicles.

Complaints about health and zoning code enforcement, residential contract sales, public nuisances, or rental home inspections may be brought to the attention of the Division by email ( or calling  (515) 283-4046.

You can find information about the Housing Appeals Board and their meetings.

NID inspectors and phone numbers may be viewed by searching for your address on our Show Me My House page or on this downloadable territory map

Contact Us
Phone: (515) 283-4046

Neighborhood Inspections
Argonne Armory – 1st Floor
602 Robert D Ray Drive
Des Moines IA 50309

We can help with:

  • Sound permits
  • Transient Merchant - Application
  • Transient Merchant – License Information
  • Sign permits
  • Land use questions

List of Duties

  • Abandoned Wells
  • Animal Waste Complaints
  • Graffiti
  • Illegal Businesses
  • Garage sales
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Illegal Parking in Front Yards
  • Interior Unsanitary Conditions
  • Mosquito Control
  • Noise Ordinance Enforcement
  • Nuisance Odor Ordinance
  • Rat Control
  • Renting a house without a certificate
  • Septic System and Sewer Line Failure
  • Voluntary Impounds