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 96 St Road Closure

Beginning, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, NE 96 St b/w NE 162 Ave and NE 166 Ave will be closed for a bridge replacement project.  The project is expected to last 8 weeks. Map

Nw Beaver Drive Closure *Update*

**UPDATE - Weather permitting this detour will now begin JULY 5, 2017.** Beginning June 19, 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. Press Release Detour Map Only

Ne Santiago Drive Closure

Beginning June 13, 2017, NE Santiago Dr. b/w Hwy 65 and NE Morgan Dr will be closed to through traffic for bridge replacement. This project will take 3 months to complete. More

Ne 22 Street Closure

*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

Ne 80 Street - Road Closure

Beginning, June 1, 2017, NE 80 St b/w NE 54 Ave and NE 62 Ave will be closed to through traffic.  This project will take 2 months to complete. Map

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