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.

Yard Waste/Appliance/Scrap Tire Drop Off: Residents may drop off yard waste, appliances and scrap tires free of charge on Saturday May 19th and Sunday May 20th from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Location is the City Shop at 1700 SE Destination DR. There is also an open house at the City Shop on Saturday May 19th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Document shredding is available at the library parking lot on Saturday May 19th from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. For details go to our Spring Cleanup Page.
News & Events
Closed Memorial Day: All City offices will be closed on Monday May 28th in observance of Memorial Day. All Curbside collection of trash, recycling, and yard waste will be delayed by one day.

Construction Notice:

Weather pending, the South James & SE 37th Street Improvements project will begin May 14, 2018. The Contractor, Absolute Concrete Construction, will begin with Phase 1, which is on South James Street from approximately the Grimes/Urbandale City limit to the north 175 ft. The total length of Phase 1 is approximately 245'. S James Street will be open during this work. During the week of 5/14 to 5/18, the contractor plans to install erosion control, install traffic control, and remove the pavement required for Phase 1 work. There will be no road closures as part of this phase, however, traffic will be merged and shifted away from the construction area to promote contractor safety.  Map  (PDF)

Visit With A Council Person:
Councilman Ryan Burger will be at the Grimes Public Library on the first Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 8pm. He is there to listen to you as to what you want out of your city government in Grimes, any ideas you might have to make it even better, and help put you in touch with the right people with any concerns you have. No appointment necessary, just stop in and enjoy some time talking with a member of your city government. Ryan is also available through email at

Help Prevent Crime - A reminder from the Polk County Sheriff's Deputies that as the weather warms, please be sure to lock your vehicles and close your garage doors at night. Installing motion detection lights will also deter crime. Report any suspicious activity to 515-286-3333 or 911.

The Governor Has Arrived
We are pleased to announce the arrival of the "Governor" to the City of Grimes.
Click on the link above for information on Grimes' latest sculpture.

I-80 Planning Study Information  (PDF)

Little Beaver & Prairie Creek Channel Restoration Project Information Page - Check here for all updates and information regarding this project

FEMA UPDATE:  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. We don't know an exact date.
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)

Online Utility Sign-up Page

Activity Registration

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