Planning and Urban Design

The Planning and Urban Design Division provides long-range planning, development review, and urban design guidance, and prepares the City's comprehensive land use plan.

The Planning and Urban Design also provides staff support for the Plan and Zoning Commission, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Historic Preservation Commission.

For help with obtaining permits for signs, amplified sound, or fences; interpretation of the City Zoning Ordinance; or enforcement of land use activity, please reference the Neighborhood Services Department's Zoning Enforcement Division. You can email or call (515)-283-4207.

For help with building permitting, please reference the Permit and Development Center. You can email or call (515)-283-4200.

For complaints regarding rental housing or illegal dumping of junk and debris reference the Neighborhood Inspections Division in the Neighborhood Services Department. You can email or call (515)-283-4046.


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Planning and Urban Design
Argonne Armory – 2nd Floor
602 Robert D Ray Drive
Des Moines IA 50309
(515) 283-4192
Monday through Friday
8 :00 AM to 5:00 PM