Neighborhood Inspections

When you need help with an unsightly property on your street with debris or junk vehicles, information on rental inspections, issues with a condemned building, you’ll find what you need on the Neighborhood Inspections page.

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.

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

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
Code Enforcement Reports