Public Works Office

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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.

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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 50 St At Ne 7 St

ROAD CLOSURE - NE 50 Ave at NE 7 St- Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23 2014,NE 50 Ave at NE 7 St will be  closed for a Utility Relocation and Storm Sewer Project.  It is anticipated that the project will take 4 weeks to complete. Click for more information and map

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Ne 88 St/Ne 27 Ave Road Closures

NE 88 Street/NE 27 Ave Road Closures Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 through Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, NE 88 St from NE 27 Ave and NE 12 Ave and NE 27 Ave from NE 80 St to NE 96 St will be closed due to an asphalt paving project. Click for more exact closures dates and map

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Weed Mowing Season End

The 2014 Weed Mowing Season is now complete.  We will no longer be taking complaints.  We will respond to all other inquiries, but no action will be taken on mowing complaints.  The 2015 Weed Mowing Season will begin around May 2015.  Thank you.           weedcommission@polkcountyiowa.gov

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Latest Information On The Fourmile Creek Watershed Study

Get the Latest information on the Fourmile Creek Watershed Study! Click here

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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
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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
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Contact Us

Director: Robert Rice

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