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 96Th Ave From Ne Frisk Dr To Ne 27Th St/Ne 26Th St/Ne 96Th Pl - Road Closure

NE 96 Avenue from NE Frisk Drive to NE 27 Street/NE 26 Street/NE 96 Place from NE 95 Avenue north around curve to NE 27 Street will be closed Monday, April 22, 2019 as part of an asphalt resurfacing project See attached map. Map

Nw 84Th Ave./Hwy 415 Intersection Improvement Project

Work will begin on Monday, April 8th, on widening the intersection of NW 84th Avenue and Hwy 415.  The roadway will be closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday, April 9th, going east on NW 84th Ave from Hwy 415. Oher work along the roadway will be on going and temporary lane closures may be ne…

Kempton Bridge Nw 66 Ave Reconstruction

Update  NW 66 Avenue/Kempton Bridge Construction Project. For more information click on any of the documents below.  Click here to send questions or comments regarding this project Project Information - NW 66th Ave Reconstruction - Phase 3 Project Update (4/19/2019)

Flooding Road Closures

CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING SE Vandalia/SE 80 Ave south of SE 56th Ave & south of Runnells SE 104th St/SE 108th St from SE 56th Ave to SE Vandalia Dr

Hwy 415(Nw 2 St) And Nw 66 Ave

At 7 PM, Monday, April 22, the Iowa DOT will begin Stage 1 of the reconstruction of the Iowa 415(NW 2 St) and NW 66 Ave. intersection, including the removal of the southbound lanes.  Traffic on Iowa 415 will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and NW 66th Avenue and all four ramps will be c…

Weed Mowing Season End

The 2018 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 2019 Weed Mowing Season will begin late April 2019.  Thank you. 

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