Building Departments in Des Moines, Iowa

There are 4 Building Departments in Des Moines, Iowa, serving a population of 214,778 people in an area of 89 square miles. There is 1 Building Department per 53,694 people, and 1 Building Department per 22 square miles.

In Iowa, Des Moines is ranked 50th of 1056 cities in Building Departments per capita, and 47th of 1056 cities in Building Departments per square mile.

List of Des Moines Building Departments

Find Des Moines, Iowa building departments, planning, permits, zoning, and inspections.

Des Moines Permits 602 Robert D. Ray Drive Des Moines, IA

Des Moines Zoning 602 Robert D. Ray Drive Des Moines, IA

Polk County Building Department 5885 Northeast 14th Street Des Moines, IA

Polk County Planning and Zoning Department 5885 Northeast 14th Street Des Moines, IA

About the Des Moines Building Department

Building Departments in Des Moines, IA are responsible for ensuring safe construction of buildings located in their jurisdictions. Building Departments create building codes and standards for building construction to ensure building safety. The Des Moines DOB is involved in all aspects of construction, including zoning laws, design requirements, building materials, trade and professional license regulation.

You may contact the Building Department for questions about:
  • Des Moines, Iowa building inspection records
  • Contractor license searches
  • Des Moines building codes
  • Building permit violations, appeals, and fines
  • Construction permits and building ordinances
  • Des Moines, IA zoning laws and requirements

Des Moines Building Structure & Housing Statistics

Find Des Moines Residential Housing Units, Occupied Residential Buildings Construction Year, Occupied Residential Buildings Room Characteristics, Occupied Residential Buildings Bedroom Characteristics, and Occupied Residential Building Facility Characteristics. Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2018 ACS 5-Year Estimates.

Des Moines Residential Housing Units
 Des MoinesIowa
Total Housing Units92,0141,386,722
Occupied Housing Units84,140 (91.4%)1,256,855 (90.6%)
Des Moines Occupied Residential Buildings
 Des MoinesIowa
Single-Family Detached Homes54,816 (65.1%)936,515 (74.5%)
Single-Family Attached Homes4,019 (4.8%)51,615 (4.1%)
2 Apartments1,923 (2.3%)26,009 (2.1%)
3 or 4 Apartments2,074 (2.5%)40,360 (3.2%)
5 to 9 Apartments2,563 (3.0%)43,379 (3.5%)
10 or More Apartments16,768 (19.9%)115,549 (9.2%)
Mobile Home or Other Type of Housing1,977 (2.3%)43,428 (3.5%)
Des Moines Occupied Residential Buildings Construction Year
 Des MoinesIowa
2014 or Later816 (1.0%)20,326 (1.6%)
2010 to 20131,178 (1.4%)38,328 (3.0%)
2000 to 20096,342 (7.5%)146,540 (11.7%)
1980 to 199911,031 (13.1%)230,871 (18.4%)
1960 to 197920,224 (24.0%)317,879 (25.3%)
1940 to 195920,573 (20,573.0%)195,266 (195,266.0%)
1939 or Earlier23,976 (28.5%)307,645 (24.5%)
Des Moines Occupied Residential Buildings Room Characteristics
 Des MoinesIowa
1 Room2,487 (3.0%)14,203 (1.1%)
2 or 3 Rooms58,546 (69.6%)830,419 (66.1%)
4 or 5 Rooms34,839 (41.4%)396,506 (31.5%)
6 or 7 Rooms22,804 (27.1%)387,800 (30.9%)
8 or More Rooms13,222 (15.7%)346,039 (27.5%)
Des Moines Occupied Residential Buildings Bedroom Characteristics
 Des MoinesIowa
No Bedroom2,984 (3.5%)16,239 (1.3%)
1 Bedroom11,066 (13.2%)108,716 (8.6%)
2 or 3 Bedrooms58,546 (69.6%)830,419 (66.1%)
4 or More Bedrooms11,544 (13.7%)301,481 (24.0%)
Des Moines Occupied Residential Building Facility Characteristics
 Des MoinesIowa
With Complete Plumbing Facilities83,853 (99.7%)1,253,328 (99.7%)
With Complete Kitchen Facilities83,380 (99.1%)1,245,359 (99.1%)