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Welcome to Clive - DISTINCT BY NATURE

CLIVE HISTORY Clive is an old community, but a young city. Maps dated in the 1870's first show Clive as a small settlement clustered around the intersection of Walnut Creek, the railroad and a county road. The community was an early rail shipping point and coal mining area. It was platted on January 18, 1882 by the Union Land Company. Two of Clive's first buildings still remain: the Railway Depot at NW 86th Street and Swanson Blvd. (built around 1882) and Swanson Grocery at 8641 Swanson Blvd. (built in 1911). The name Clive purportedly came from British General Robert Clive, who served in the late 1700's as administrator and founder of the British Empire in India. The City of Clive was incorporated on October 9, 1956. For more information and photos visit the Clive Historical Society website at:

We are a community that has grown from a population of 752 citizens in 1960 to 17,506 in 2010. Our growing and prosperous city is located in the hub of a thriving suburban area that lends itself to convenience and a relaxed living atmosphere. We have some of the most desirable and beautiful neighborhoods in the metropolitan area. One of the “signature” items in our community, is our Greenbelt Trail system that stretches across the city with connections to major regional walking and bicycling paths.

The City of Clive is governed by a Mayor and five Council Members who are elected at-large on a non-partisan basis. The administration of City business is carried out by an appointed City Manager and City Staff. You are encouraged to contact us or visit our City Council page whenever you have a question or problem involving local government

Listed below are items and issues you may be wondering about as you settle into the community. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, there is a wealth of information found on this website or call City Hall at (515) 223-6220.


  • City Hall - 1900 NW 114th Street, (515) 223-6220
  • Public Library - 1900 NW 114th Street, (515) 453-2221
  • Community Development - 1900 NW 114th Street, (515) 223-6221
  • Parks and Recreation - 1900 NW 114th Street, (515) 223-5246
  • Aquatic Center - 1801 NW 114th Street, (515) 440-0599
  • Public Works - 2123 NW 111th Street, (515) 223-6231
  • Police Department - 8505 Harbach Boulevard, (515) 278-1312
  • Fire Department - 8505 Harbach Boulevard, (515) 223-1595


  • Water/sewer service - City of Clive, (515) 867-5199
  • Garbage & recycling service will be set up with Waste Management/Metro Waste Authority when setting up water service.
  • Gas and electric service - Mid-American Energy, (888) 427-5632 

MAIL Your ZIP CODE as a resident or business in Clive is 50325. Your mail is delivered to your home or business, but if you prefer to rent a post office box for mail delivery, boxes are available at the Clive annex at 2135 NW 108th Street. Phone: (515) 251-7773

NEWSPAPERS The Des Moines Register, (877) 424-0225, is a daily morning paper for the metropolitan area. The Clive Newsletter is distributed monthly to all residents with water bills. The Clive Newsletter contains summarized City information and activities and is also available on the City’s website.

VOTING You must register with either the Dallas or Polk County Election Office in order to vote. For more information contact either the Dallas County Auditor at (515) 993-4751 or the Polk County Auditor at (515) 286-3247.

SCHOOLS Clive is served by two school districts. The portion of Clive east of 142nd Street is served by the West Des Moines School District. Registration and general questions should be directed to (515) 633-5000. The portion of Clive west of 142nd Street is served by the Waukee School District with registration and general information questions being directed to (515) 987-4534.

RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS Many religious organizations representing a variety of faiths and denominations are available in the metropolitan area. Information can be obtained from the Des Moines Area Religious Council at (515) 277-6969. 

Locations in the metropolitan area and the general information numbers are as follows:

  • Broadlawns Medical Center, 1801 Hickman Road, Des Moines, (515) 282-2200
  • Iowa Lutheran, 700 E. University Avenue, Des Moines, (515) 263-5612
  • UnityPoint Health - Iowa Methodist Medical Center, 1200 Pleasant Street, Des Moines,  (515) 241-6212
  • Methodist West Hospital, 1660 60th St., West Des Moines, (515) 343-1000
  • MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center, 1111 6th Avenue, Des Moines, (515) 247 -3121
  • MercyOne West Des Moines Medical Center, 1755 59th Place, West Des Moines, (515) 358-8000
  • VA Central Iowa Health Care System, 3600 30th Street, Des Moines, (515) 699-5999

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Express bus service to Des Moines is available to Clive residents. For information, routes, and schedules you will need to contact the Des Moines Area Regional Transit (DART) at (515) 283-8100 or

PARKING REGULATIONS Parking for periods of less than 24 hours is generally allowed on one side of each residential street. In order to facilitate the delivery of mail, it has been necessary to ban parking within 20 feet of a mailbox between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on days when there is mail delivery. This prohibition applies even where the mailboxes are on the side of the street where parking would normally be allowed. It is also illegal to park your car on the public right-of-way adjacent to the paved portion of the street. Parking on public streets is prohibited during snowfalls, ice events, and when wind conditions are causing the snow to drift, for a period of 24 hours after such an event (48 hours if such snow and/or ice has not been removed curb to curb. Property owners are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall. When removing snow from driveways and sidewalks, the snow must not be placed or dumped on the public street.

NOISE DISTURBANCE To help our residents enjoy a quiet, peaceful environment, the City has an ordinance that makes it unlawful to cause a noise disturbance in Clive. Such noises that are prohibited between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. include, but are not limited to: playing music/instruments outdoors, construction noise or lawn and garden equipment. For more information about the noise ordinance, call the Clive Police Department at (515) 278-1312.

VACATION HOUSE CHECKS For your convenience, the Clive Police Department operates a vacation house check. If you are leaving town for a week or more, simply call the Police Department and leave your name and address. Your house will then be checked periodically while you are gone. You are also encouraged to report to the Police any suspicious activity at a neighbor's home if you know they are away from home for an extended period. Clive also has a Neighborhood Watch Program. For details you can contact the Police Department at (515) 278-1312.

RENTAL FACILITIES The City of Clive has community rooms for rent for private functions. For information on availability, room sizes and rental fees, contact the Clive Park & Recreation Department at (515) 223-5246.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS Various civic organizations provide an opportunity to volunteer your time and talents to help make Clive a great community. Some of the organizations include the Clive Festival Committee, Clive Lions Club, Clive Running Festival Committee, Clive Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Library and the Clive Historical Society. If you are interested in more information about any of these organizations, contact city hall at (515) 223-6220 or visit our website.

CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS The City has a number of Committees, Boards and Commissions through which citizens can serve the community. These include the Planning & Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Park & Recreation Board, Civil Service Commission, Library Board of Trustees and Capital Planning Committee. If you are interested in serving on any of these, contact city hall at (515) 223-6221 or visit our website.

WARNING SIRENS The Weather Bureau uses the term tornado watch to mean conditions are such that a tornado is possible. The sirens will not be sounded for a watch, but will be sounded for a tornado warning (a funnel cloud has been sighted in the area either by radar or an observer), and for severe thunderstorms where forecasted or actual wind speeds reach or exceed 70 mph. A steady three-minute tone will indicate a tornado warning and that you should immediately seek shelter in your basement or somewhere else below ground level. Remember, a severe weather threat may still exist after an alarm ends. Utilize a weather radio to receive updates from the National Weather Service. You are asked NOT to call 911 to ask why the warning sirens have been activated as this unnecessarily ties up lifesaving resources.

*Please note that the sirens will normally be tested in conjunction with all civil defense sirens in Polk County the first Saturday of each month at 12:00 noon.

COMMUNITY SERVICES Clive Community Services, located at 2190 NW 82nd Street, offers food, clothing, medical services and education for those in need. To request services, donate or volunteer, please visit or call (515) 257-8550. 


Clive Chamber OF COMMERCE