Building Departments in Polk County, Iowa

There are 10 Building Departments in Polk County, Iowa, serving a population of 467,235 people in an area of 574 square miles. There is 1 Building Department per 46,723 people, and 1 Building Department per 57 square miles.

In Iowa, Polk County is ranked 38th of 99 counties in Building Departments per capita, and 1st of 99 counties in Building Departments per square mile.

List of Polk County Building Departments

Find Polk County, Iowa building departments, planning, permits, zoning, and inspections.


Altoona City Zoning 1504 8th Street Southwest Altoona, IA

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

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

Iowa State Permits 6310 Southeast Convenience Boulevard Ankeny, IA

Johnston Building Department 6221 Merle Hay Road Johnston, IA

Johnston Zoning 6221 Merle Hay Rd Johnston, 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

Urbandale Zoning 3600 86th Street Urbandale, IA

West Des Moines Permits 4200 Mills Civic Parkway West Des Moines, IA

About the Polk County Building Department

Building Departments in Polk County, 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 Polk County 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:
  • Polk County, Iowa building inspection records
  • Contractor license searches
  • Polk County building codes
  • Building permit violations, appeals, and fines
  • Construction permits and building ordinances
  • Polk County, IA zoning laws and requirements

Polk County Building Structure & Housing Statistics

Find Polk County 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, 2017 ACS 5-Year Estimates.

Polk County Residential Housing Units
 Polk CountyIowa
Total Housing Units193,9871,376,133
Occupied Housing Units181,316 (93.5%)1,251,587 (90.9%)
Polk County Occupied Residential Buildings
 Polk CountyIowa
Single-Family Detached Homes118,659 (65.4%)934,099 (74.6%)
Single-Family Attached Homes14,365 (7.9%)50,897 (4.1%)
2 Apartments2,913 (1.6%)26,726 (2.1%)
3 or 4 Apartments3,597 (2.0%)39,875 (3.2%)
5 to 9 Apartments6,924 (3.8%)43,032 (3.4%)
10 or More Apartments30,831 (17.0%)114,679 (9.2%)
Mobile Home or Other Type of Housing4,027 (2.2%)42,279 (3.4%)
Polk County Occupied Residential Buildings Construction Year
 Polk CountyIowa
2014 or Later3,310 (1.8%)11,867 (0.9%)
2010 to 20137,147 (3.9%)35,593 (2.8%)
2000 to 200928,396 (15.7%)148,031 (11.8%)
1980 to 199942,876 (23.6%)230,206 (18.4%)
1960 to 197942,927 (23.7%)317,028 (25.3%)
1940 to 195928,999 (16.0%)197,258 (15.8%)
1939 or Earlier27,661 (15.3%)311,604 (24.9%)
Polk County Occupied Residential Buildings Room Characteristics
 Polk CountyIowa
1 Room2,960 (1.6%)13,066 (1.0%)
2 or 3 Rooms20,604 (11.4%)111,346 (8.9%)
4 or 5 Rooms65,344 (36.0%)399,298 (31.9%)
6 or 7 Rooms49,204 (27.1%)387,355 (30.9%)
8 or More Rooms43,204 (23.8%)340,522 (27.2%)
Polk County Occupied Residential Buildings Bedroom Characteristics
 Polk CountyIowa
No Bedroom3,540 (2.0%)14,961 (1.2%)
1 Bedroom18,318 (10.1%)108,409 (8.7%)
2 or 3 Bedrooms119,959 (66.2%)831,593 (66.4%)
4 or More Bedrooms39,499 (21.8%)296,624 (23.7%)
Polk County Occupied Residential Building Facility Characteristics
 Polk CountyIowa
With Complete Plumbing Facilities180,913 (99.8%)1,247,839 (99.7%)
With Complete Kitchen Facilities179,719 (99.1%)1,240,357 (99.1%)