Questions/Events of the Week
Welcome to the newest section of the City's website. Here you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions at City Hall. We will also use this section to inform people of important events within the City of Grimes.

When will yard waste start getting picked up?
The 2017 Compost-it! Season starts on April 3rd and goes until December 1st.

News & Events

Spring Cleanup 2017: Spring Cleanup will be Thursday May 18th, Friday May 19th and Saturday May 20th. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Road Construction Update:
Next Monday - Wednesday (March 27-29) SE 19th Street will be closed from SE Little Beaver to just west of the SE Gateway DR intersection from both directions. There will not be access to Highway 141 from SE 19th ST for those three days. Pleas plan accordingly. Thank you for your patience.

We need you! If you have an interest in helping shape the future of our community, the City of Grimes is currently seeking two people to fill positions on our Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment. Qualified applicants shall be at least 18 years of age and reside within the corporate limits of the City of Grimes. If interested, please contact Olivia DeYoung at .The City of Grimes encourages gender equity on all Boards.

Public Information Meeting on Proposed NE Main ST Improvement Project, Tuesday January 17th 6-8pm at the Grimes Community Complex, 410 SE Main ST:
Meeting Details
Map of Project Area
Video of meeting

Notice to Homeowners  (PDF)

Public Information Meeting on Proposed N James ST Improvement Project, Monday December 19th 6-8pm at the Grimes Community Complex, 410 SE Main ST:
Meeting Details  (PDF)

Map of Project Area  (PDF)
Video of meeting
Notice of Schedule Changes (PDF):  The start date is now anticipated to be between April 10 and April 24, 2017.

The City has contacted FEMA regarding the appeals to the proposed flood maps. FEMA is currently waiting for an appropriation of funds before they can take any actions. While we don't know an exact date, but  we are told work will not resume until at least March.
Click here for more information, including current and proposed maps

Home Base Grimes, Iowa: The community of Grimes, Iowa is proud to be an official Home Base Iowa Community. This initiative is to ensure that Grimes is doing everything that we can to be welcoming to military members and their families as they leave military service and transition to a civilian lifestyle. For more information and timely updates on how Grimes has become a Home Base Community, as well as how veterans can take advantage of benefits, visit our Home base Grimes, Iowa page.
Home Base Grimes Tax Rebate Form  (PDF)

The Grimes Community Food Pantry provides for 40 to 50 families once a month. Items for the Food Pantry may be dropped off at the Grimes United Methodist Church, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm, or you may drop items at the Grimes Fareway store just inside the entrance. Monetary donations are appreciated. Appointments may be made by calling 986-4036. In order to receive help from the food pantry, you must be a current resident of Grimes and proof of address is required.

Welcome to the City of Grimes, Iowa Website!

Please take a moment to explore our site and find out how Grimes is ready to serve you. Find out how your tax dollars are used, pay your water bill online, and access business and recreational opportunities right here! Also, you can now access and navigate the Grimes, Iowa website using your mobile device. Check it out! Please feel free to contact us with your questions about The City of Grimes. Also, we want this website to be helpful, informative, and useful to you. Your suggestions are always welcome!

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About Grimes Iowa

Founded in 1881, incorporated in 1894, and named for James W. Grimes, former senator and third governor of the state of Iowa, Grimes today offers a friendly Midwestern atmosphere and a sense of community that brings people close together.

Ideally located at the northwest threshold of the Des Moines Metropolitan region, Grimes enjoys easy access to the amenities of metropolitan life while maintaining all the advantages of a small hometown.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-986-3036
Fax:     515-986-3846 
101 NE Harvey Street

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For water main breaks or sewer emergencies please call 515-822-4671

To Report a Stormwater or Erosion Concern call 515-986-3036

If you were looking for the Grimes Chamber & Economic Development site click below Grimes Chamber and Economic Development

Property Tax Graph

Where do your property taxes go?

Pay Bills

Pay Your Water Bill Online:  We are pleased to announce that you may now pay your water bill online. We have recently updated our software with the goal of providing more payment options as well as increased convenience and better customer service. Payments may now be made by credit card over the phone, in person or online.

If you would like to have your water bill automatically deducted from your checking account each month, please print and fill out the Sure-Pay  Authorization Form and return it to City Hall along with a voided blank check.

Utility Sign-up Sheet  (PDF)


Activity Registration

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