News & Events

Snow Ordinance Reminder (parking):  Chapter 69 - 69.12 SNOW REMOVAL.  No person shall park or allow a vehicle to remain parked on a public street in the City from the time a designated snow event occurs until such time as the streets have been cleared of accumulated snow from curb-to-curb.  The vehicle shall be removed immediately when there is a minimum of two (2) inches of snow on the ground or upon the announcement that the snow ordinance is in effect.  The City Administrator or designee shall be responsible for determining when the snow is of sufficient depth to be defined as a designated snow event and when the enforcement of this ordinance shall begin.  The City Administrator or designee is empowered to contact the designated media source when the snow ordinance is in effect and shall publish said designated media source in accordance with Grimes Code of Ordinances Chapter 18.05.  The City Administrator or designee is also empowered to end the prohibition on parking

Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday:
All City offices will be closed on Thursday November 26th and Friday November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving. Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Public Notice - Proposed Grimes Code of Ordinances:

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday November 24th beginning at 5:30pm by the Grimes City Council at City Hall. This public hearing is to receive comments from the public on an updated and proposed Grimes Code of Ordinances.

Current Board Openings - Help Shape the Future of Grimes:

We are currently seeking new members for several boards and commissions. This could be your opportunity to make a difference. We are seeking people to fill the following positions,
Planning & Zoning Commission - 5 year term
Board of Adjustment - 5 year term
Tree Board - 4 year term
Public Health and Safety Advisory Board - 3 year term
To be considered, please send email stating position of interest and background information to the City Clerk, Rochelle Williams at

DART Newsletter Nov/Dec 2015

Merle Hay Mall Bus Stop Changes (PDF)

Public Notice - National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System  (PDF)

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.

Northwest Transportation Corridor Study Website  (off-site, link will open in a new window)

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

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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)


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