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City of Des Moines Code Enforcement

Welcome to the City of Des Moines Code Enforcement citizen portal.  We encourage constituent involvement as we do our part to ensure a better, safer City of Des Moines.  To submit a complaint on-line you must create an account above.  You will have the option to request that your information will be kept confidential with each request.

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City of Des Moines Code Compliance is committed to promoting safe, healthy, and attractive neighborhoods and improving the quality of our community by fair enforcement of the code.
My Complaints
My Complaints is a list of complaints that you are following and have submitted online.  You may come back and view the status of those complaints at anytime.

IDDateStatusTypeSub Type
Compliance Process
  • Written Complaint Received
  • A site inspection to verify if a violation exists occurs. Response based on the type of complaint, urgency, current case work and other health & safety issues are prioritized.
  • A verbal warning or Notice of Violation is issued and/or mailed to primarily the owner, who is responsible for the property, if violations are found.
  • If the violations may be seen from the public right of way the City may directly pursue the violations
  • Voluntary Compliance Period Provided (except for certain repeat offenders)
  • Follow up inspections are completed at the end of the compliance period.
  • Civil infraction, Criminal citations and Abatement are issued at the discretion of the City.
What is a Nuisance?

Nuisances involves an unreasonable or unlawful use of property that results in material annoyance, inconvenience, discomfort, or damage to another persons or to the public. Common nuisances include situations involving animals, accumulation of junk, noise, dangerous buildings, unsanitary conditions such as household garbage, encroachment on public right of ways that interfere with pedestrian passage.

 Active Investigations

Individual rights prohibit releasing of information during active investigations. 

Public Nuisances Issues
  • Trash and rubbish
  • Abandoned houses
  • Illegal land uses
  • Storage of inoperable vehicles on private property
  • Unauthorized Home Businesses
  • Fence Line or Landscaping Line Height and/or Line of Site Obstructions
  • Vegetation over 12 inches
  • Signs 
  • On Street parking
  • Noise
  • Animals/barking dogs
  • Storm Water Management
  • Fire Hazards
  • Construction


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