It is important to consider the local zoning ordinances when choosing a business location.  It may not be a significant problem for businesses with office locations but businesses such as car dealerships (especially used), real estate rental companies, auto body shops and manufacturing facilities could run into problems if you are not familar with local zoning ordinances.  A zoning problem can shut your business down very quickly.

Check out Des Moines Municipal Code Chapter 134 and the city of Des Moines Web site if you have questions about local zoning ordinances in Des Moines.