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

Ne 27 Ave East Of Ne 56 St

Beginning, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, thru Saturday, October 14, 2017,  NE 27 Ave east of NE 56 st will be closed for a railroad crossing repair. Map

Nw Hugg Dr Closure In Polk City

Beginning, Wednesday, September 20, 2017, the City of Polk City will close NW Hugg Dr. from NW 72nd St to Big Creek Park for water line construction.  The road is expected to be closed 4 weeks.

Kempton Bridge Nw 66 Ave Reconstruction

Update concerning the Closure of NW Beaver Drive as part of theNW 66 Avenue/Kempton Bridge Reconstruction Project. Information on the Kempton/NW66 Ave Construction Project **NW 66 AVE WILL REMAIN OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION** For more information click on any of the documents below.  Click here to s…

Nw Beaver Drive Closure *Update* 10-13-17

**UPDATE - Weather permitting this detour will now begin JULY 5, 2017.** Beginning July 5, 2017, NW Beaver Dr. west of NW 66 Ave will be closed to through traffic as part of the Kempton Bridge NW 66 Ave. Reconstruction project. 10/13/2017 Construction Update Press Release Detour Map Only

Ne 22 Street Closure (Ne 54 Ave To Ne 46 Ave)

*UPDATE* This will now begin Friday, June 23, 2017. Beginning June 19, 2017, NE 22 St. b/w NE 54 Ave and NE 46 Ave will be closed to through traffic.  This project is scheduled to be completed in November 2017. More

Nw Morningstar Dr Closure

NW Morningstar Dr Closure - I-35 Overpass beginning April 3, 2017   NW Morningstar Dr Closure

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
Hours of Operation 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM M - F

Phone: 515.286.3705
FAX 515.286.3437
Email Public Works