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Permit and Development Center

Do you need a residential permit for a new fence, installing a pool, or remodeling your home? Looking for a trade permit or commercial building permit for commercial work? The City of Des Moines Permit and Development Center is the place that holds it all.

Is your property in our jurisdiction? The jurisdiction will be listed in the upper right hand corner of the property listing.

Confirm Here: Polk County Assessor

Find out more information about your property by visiting the City of Des Moines' Show Me My House tool.
Once you have determined the jurisdiction, confirm the Zoning District and review the Municipal Code Chapter 134 for the specific regulations.

Before you begin any project on your home or business or when you’re in the planning stages of an event, make sure to check this page to avoid fines and issues that could slow you down. Permits can be paid for online for a quicker process as well as a calculator to help you figure your overall costs and contact information for a local inspector.

 Permit fees can now be paid online

A permit number is required and can also be found online. Visit

 Permit and Development Center offices are closed due to COVID-19

  • All permits, payments, and inspections continue to be processed.
  • Please email with any questions.

Permit and Development Center
602 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA 50309
PDC Administration:
Cody Christensen
Zoning Enforcement:
SuAnn Donovan
Building Codes:
Brian Bishop

Residential Building Permit Applications

Commercial Building Permit Applications

Trades Permit Applications

Sidewalk/Drive Approach, Right of Way, Grading Permit Applications

Floodplain Development Applications

Permit Extension & Cancellation/Refund Requests

Tax Abatement Update
The City is considering updates to its Urban Revitalization (Tax Abatement) Plan.  The next stakeholder presentation/discussion will be held April 8, 2021.  Please listen in or participate in the discussions. 
Submit comments using the Tax Abatement Update Comment Submittal Form.

April 8, 2021 10:00am-12:00pm  
Please click this URL to join:
Meting ID:    895 6491 6273
Passcode:      136681
Or join by phone:
 US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 720 928 9299  or 877 853 5257 (Toll Free) or 833 548 0276 (Toll Free)

Tax Abatement

Temporary Event Use Permit Application

  • Contact the Permit and Development Center

Sound Permits- Email to request sound permits

Power Engineer & Sign Erector Licenses

Permit Fee Calculators

Archive Permit Research Requests