Planning & Building

Violations of the Governor’s “Stay at Home” Order are crimes and the City is accepting reports of these violations exclusively through our online reporting system found here

Please do not call 911 or the Des Moines Police Department to report a potential violation. The City is currently experiencing higher than normal volume of calls for service so not all reports will receive a response. At this time the City’s priority is on education and ensuring that all residents are aware of how to keep themselves, their families and the rest of the community safe.


April 29, 2020 update

As a precautionary measure, and consistent with King County and State Departments of Health, the City is taking every precaution to limit the exposure and protect the citizens, the City and its staff.  For these reasons the following City Facilities are closed to in-person visits until further notice:


Planning/zoning, engineering and general inquiries will be answered via phone or email:


(206) 870-7576


(206) 870-6525

(206) 870-7576

Please note: To comply with the Governor’s Stay Home Stay Healthy Proclamation 20-25, the City will schedule inspections only for projects listed as essential in the appendix to the proclamation and for construction activities occurring under the April 24, 2020 update and associated April 29, 2020 memo.

Note: Our inspection schedule may be impacted.  We are working hard to accommodate our customers as scheduling allows.  Please help us by being ready for your inspection and observing all safety protocols.

To schedule an inspection for allowed construction:

Read the Governor’s order here, includes links to the list of essential businesses and additional guidance for construction:

Read the April 24, 2020 update and requirements:

Read the April 29, 2020 memorandum:

Fix-It Form

We will be re-evaluating these procedures as new information becomes available, please check the website for the latest information.

Planning & Building Department

We are a full service department promoting community and environmental quality through land use planning and permitting.

Building, planning, and engineering staff are available to answer your general questions and perform plan pre-screening and intake between the hours of 9:00 am to 11:00 am daily. Plan revisions and deferred submittals will also be screened during those hours.

Our team is comprised of three divisions organized by responsibility:
  • Building Division
  • Development Services
  • Plan Development Division
Comprehensive Garbage, Recyclables and Compostables Collection Agreement Between the City of Des Moines and Cleanscapes, Inc

Contract Addendum to Comprehensive Garbage, Recycle and Compostables Collection Between the City of Des Moines and Cleanscapes, Inc.