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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 paybills.dsm.city

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

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

Permit and Development Center
602 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-283-4200
PDC Administration:
Cody Christensen
cjchristensen@dmgov.org
Zoning Enforcement:
SuAnn Donovan
smdonovan@dmgov.org
Building Codes:
Brian Bishop
bdbishop@dmgov.org

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 Applications

Temporary Event Use Permit Application

  • Contact the Permit and Development Center

Sound Permits- Email DZ@dmgov.org to request sound permits

Permit Fee Calculators

Archive Permit Research Requests