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.


Gov. Jay Inslee issued official guidance that “construction is not considered an essential activity” in the Stay-at-Home Order he announced on Monday. Per the Governor’s order, ALL construction – residential and commercial – must shut down during the two weeks in which the order is in place.

Beginning at midnight, Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2020, when the order took effect, no construction will be allowed until at least April 8, 2020. The only exception for residential construction is for emergency repairs. The order could also be extended.

We are suspending all inspections at this time with the exception of essential facilities or emergency repair.  

March 17, 2020

As a precautionary measure, and consistent with King County, State and County Department of Health and the Highline School District, 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 will be closed until further notice:

Doors will be closed Tuesday, March 17, 2020. 

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

(206) 870-7576

(206) 870-7576

To schedule an inspection:

Please note: the City is suspending inspections in ALL occupied buildings. We are scheduling inspections for new construction, or empty buildings only. Our inspection schedule may continue to be impacted. We will be re-evaluating these procedures as new
information becomes available, please check the website for the
latest information.

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

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