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 94Th Ave Between Ne 112Th St & Ne 120Th St - Road Closure

NE 94th Avenue between NE 112th Street & NE 120th Street will be closed Wednesday, April 24, 2019 as part of a culvert replacement project. This road will be closed to through traffic for approximately 10-12 weeks & a detour will be posted. See attached map. Map

Nw 84Th Ave./Hwy 415 Intersection Improvement Project

Both east bound and west bound on NW 84 Ave from Hwy 415 are now open.

Se 128 St N Of Se 64 Ave

SE 128 St north of SE 64 Ave will be closed Tues. June 11, 2019 through Thurs. June 13, 2019 as part of a culvert replacement project Map

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 (6/13/2019) - with anticipated Road Closu…

Ne 46 St B/W Ne 62 Ave & Ne 94 Ave

NE 46 St b/w NE 62 Ave and NE 94 Ave will be closed Tuesday, June 11, 2019 as part of an asphalt resurfacing project.  The road will be closed for approximately 3 days. Map

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

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