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

Road Closure - Ne 29 St

Begining Monday, June 18th, 2018, through Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018, NE 29th Street between NE 46th Avenue & NE 49th Avenue will be closed to through traffic during the daytime hours & opened back up at the end of each day.  UPDATE - PROJECT WILL CONTINUE THROUGH 8/10/2018. Map

Ne 70 St - Road Closure

Beginning June 5, 2018, the City of Pleasant HIll will close NE 70 St, South of E. University Ave (Hwy 163) to SE 6 Ave for reconstruction.  The link below will take you to the City of Pleasant Hill website for more info.

Kempton Bridge Nw 66 Ave Reconstruction

Update  5-17-18 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 (8/06/2018) Project Update (11/28…

Road Closure - Ne 142 Avenue

NE 142 Avenue between NE 29 St and NE 38 St will be closed Thursday July 5, 2018 as part of an asphalt resurfacing project Map

Weed Mowing Season Start

The 2018 Weed Mowing Season will begin May 7, 2018.  Beginning on that date, you may send an email of your complaint to  Or you may call 286-3005.  There will be no action taken on any complaint calls or emails until that date.

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