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)

Nw 16 St - Between Nw 110 Ave & Nw 118 Ave

NW 16 St between NW 110 Ave and NW 118 Ave  UPDATE - DUE TO THE WEATHER THIS WILL BEGIN ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 - Beginning on September 24, 2014, an asphalt paving project will reduce traffic to one lane along this stretch of road.  Traffic will be directed by a pilot car.  This project is expecte…

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

Se 52 St From County Line To Se 72 Ave

SE 52 St from County Line north to SE 72 Ave  UPDATE DUE TO THE WEATHER THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN MOVED TO SEPTEMBER 26, 2014  will be closed beginning on September 25, 2014,  for an asphalt paving project. This project is expected to last one day. Click for more information and map

Weed Mowing Season Start

The 2014 Weed Mowing Season will begin May 5, 2014.  Beginning on that date, you may send an email of your complaint to  Or you may call 286-3005.

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