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A permit is required for any construction that physically changes or adds structure to your property or for work regulated by city codes or ordinances. Permit applications are available on the Permit Applications and Inspections page.
City Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8 am until 4:30 pm.
City Hall is located at:101 NE Harvey StreetGrimes, IA 50111
It is at the corner of 1st Street (Highway 44) and Harvey Street.
The Grimes City Council meets at 5:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.
Meetings are held at the Grimes Community Complex:410 SE Main StreetGrimes, IA 50111
Meetings are also available electronically via Zoom. Always check the meeting agenda to verify the location.
To start water service, go to our Utility Sign-Up Page. Please call City Hall with questions at 515-986-3036.
Garbage service for single-family homes is included in the monthly water bill. To begin service, please contact Grimes City Hall at 515-986-3036.
The City of Grimes does not allow parking on any streets or alleys when the snow ordinance is in effect. The current fine for violating the snow ordinance (Grimes Code of Ordinances Chapter 69.11) is $50.
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Law enforcement is contracted through the Polk County Sheriffs Department. If you have an emergency dial 911. For non-emergencies call 515-286-3333.
Open burning of yard waste and debris is not allowed.
Open fires for cooking, heating, recreation and ceremonies are allowed, provided they comply with the limits for emission of visible air contaminants established by the State Department of Natural Resources (IAC, 567-23.2[3e]).
For more information see Chapter 105.04 of the Grimes Code of Ordinances.
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If talking to the dog owner does not solve the problem, the next step is to call the Polk County non-emergency number, 515-286-3333. They will send a deputy out to document the problem and discuss it with the dog owner.
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In the City of Grimes, grass/weeds are not allowed to exceed 12 inches (City Code Section 302.4). Also, please don’t blow grass clippings into the street. This debris can cause nitrates to build up in the City's stormwater infrastructure causing area waterways to become contaminated. Piles of clippings can be hazardous to bicyclists as well. To report concerns related to lawn maintenance, please call 515-986-4050.
Visit this page to download permit applications.
Appliances can be picked up from your home if they have seven orange large trash stickers attached. Large trash stickers are available for purchase at City Hall, mwatoday.com, or at several local retailers. Then please call 515.244.0021 to schedule it with your hauler.
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Please reach out to the City at email@example.com or call City Hall at 515-986-3036.
Trash and recycling services are included when you set up your water bill as recycling and trash are included in your monthly water bill. To set up water service, please fill out this online form and contact City Hall with any questions at 515-986-3036.
Stormwater is the flow of water that results from precipitation and which occurs immediately following rainfall or as a result of snowmelt. When a precipitation event occurs, several things happen to the water.
Some of the precipitation infiltrates into the soil surface, some is taken up by plants, and some is evaporated into the atmosphere. Stormwater runoff is the remainder of the precipitation that flows off land surfaces and impervious areas into storm sewers and drainage ways.
Stormwater runoff is the rainfall or snow-melt that runs off surfaces like roads, buildings, sidewalks, or compacted ground surfaces.
Stormwater runoff will usually flow into a storm drain or a ditch leading to a wetland, lake, river, or ocean. Sometimes it is channeled into a man-made stormwater pond so the pollutants can be removed from the water before they can seep into the ground.
As communities grow, they often experience more stormwater runoff problems due to the increase in areas that don’t absorb stormwater. Rainfall and snow-melt that would normally infiltrate into the soil becomes runoff. This increases both the volume and rate of runoff, which leads to flooding, stream bank erosion, and potential damages to public and private property and water quality.
The term stormwater management means controlling stormwater, where it goes, and keeping stormwater free of pollutants. Stormwater management goes hand in hand with the development of towns and cities.
Stormwater runoff is a major problem when it picks up garbage, debris, sediment, and other pollutants from parking lots, yards, streets, etc. Unclean stormwater runoff discharges result in the loss of fish and aquatic wildlife from streams and creeks.
When proper stormwater management is implemented, this runoff is directed to stormwater management.
When this runoff is temporarily stored in a stormwater management facility, pollutants such as oil, chemicals, sediment, bacteria, etc. have the opportunity to settle out, thus improving the quality of the downstream waterway.
Tips for preventing stormwater runoff include: