Public Works Office


Public Works Department

The Public Works Department is divided into Three Divisions: Air Quality, Engineering & Roads, and Planning & Development. It is one of the largest departments within Polk County and offers community services including construction, maintenance and inventory of Polk County Secondary Roads and bridge system, including survey, design and inspection, maintenance and snow removal, vegetation control, land use planning and zoning regulations, building permits, construction inspection, sanitary & sewer infrastructure, air quality control, management of drainage districts and code enforcement.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Polk County Public Works Department is to develop, manage, and maintain the highest quality road system, provide excellent snow removal and weed eradication services, promote orderly growth, protect our health and environment and ensure structures and uses are safe and sound. All these services help to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Polk County.

News & Press Releases (click to see more)

Ne 120 Street

NE 120 St from NE 44 Ave to NE 23 Ave will be closed to through traffic for cross-road culvert project beginning July 31, 2014.  It is anticipated that the project will take 2-3 weeks to complete. Click for more information and map


Road Closure due to flooding - Beginning on 9/02/14 - SE 80 Ave at SE 108 St is closed due to Flooding

Nw 142 Ave/Nw 86 St

ROAD CLOSURE - NW 142 Ave/NW 86 St - Beginning Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, through Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, NW 142 Ave/NW 86 St will be closed to through traffic for an asphalt resurfacing project.  Click for more information and map

Bridge Repair Nw Madrid Drive

Bridge Repair on NW Madrid Drive between Big Creek Drive and NW 125 Ave will begin on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.  NW Madrid Drive will remain open, but traffic will be reduced to one lane.  The project is scheduled to last eight weeks.   Click for more information and map

The Air Quality Division's objective is to achieve and maintain levels of air quality as will protect human health and safety. These objectives are accomplished through the following activities:
  • Review and Update Local Regulations
  • Process Title V, Operating and Construction Permit Applications
  • Provide Reporting and Compliance Assistance
  • Operate Air Sampling Equipment and Collect Air Monitoring Data
The Engineering Division responds to requests or concerns regarding:
  • Roadway repairs or other drainage complaints
  • Entrance permit applications
  • Permitting of utility or other work in the right-of-way
  • Snow removal on Polk County roads
  • Issues oversize/overweight vehicle permits
Polk County Planning & Development is responsible for the following:
  • Polk County Comprehensive Plan
  • Administering Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances
  • Construction Codes, Permitting & Inspections
  • Housing Rehabilitation and Weatherization Programs
  • Sanitary, Sewer and Environmental Health Rules and Regulations

Contact Us

Director: Robert Rice

5885 NE 14 Street
Des Moines, IA 50313
Phone: 515.286.3705
FAX 515.286.3437
Email Public Works