Planning & Development
Bret VandeLune, Planning and Development Services Manager
5885 NE 14 Street Des Moines, IA 50313
Email: Planning & Development Division
Planning and Development Services administers and enforces the
The documents regulate the physical development of the unincorporated areas of the county. In addition, the division administers the floodplain development regulations, noise ordinance, 911 address assignment and verification.
Planning and Development Services consists of five distinct areas:
The Building Division (286-3352) issues permits and inspects new construction and additions to residential, commercial and industrial buildings. The building division inspects new construction and additions for compliance with the Polk County Uniform Construction Code.
Environmental Health (286-3705) provides services related to those affecting the health and safety to the physical environment in which we live. Services include: inspection of on-site wastewater systems, review of Time of Transfer inspections, commercial swimming pool, spa, tanning and tattoo establishment inspections, inspections of private wells, drinking water well testing investigation of all nuisance complaints in regard to environmental health, mosquito control, and radon testing.
The Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program (286-3726) administers a program to low and moderate income homeowners in designated areas of Polk County – Norwoodville. The goal of the program is to maintain affordable housing and revitalize the two designated neighborhoods. Utilizing Community Development Block Grants and local funds, this program not only rehabilitates the property, but provides for property cleanup and new landscaping.
The Emergency Repair Program (875-5566) provides emergency repairs for eligible low income families in unincorporated and all incorporated areas of Polk County. Inspectors will visit the home and make determination of the repair need, secure a contractor, and ensure work is satisfactory completed.
The Weatherization Program (286-3356) provides services to low income homeowners and renters in Polk County to help reduce their utility costs. Families in Polk County who qualify for assistance will be evaluated to determine the extent of work to be complete, which may include: furnace and water heater replacements, insulation and in some instances, replacement of high energy usage refrigerators and freezers.