Rainbow City Building Department

3700 Rainbow Drive
Rainbow City, AL 35906
(256) 413-1230
Fax: (256) 442-3896

The Building Department is responsible for inspecting all new residential and commercial construction and renovations to ensure code compliance. It also inspects existing properties to ensure compliance with the housing code and to maintain healthy, sanitary, and safe living conditions.

Wiley McLain
Building Official
(256) 413-1230

Building Official Assistant
(256) 413-1245

Joel Garmon
Director of Planning
(256) 413-1240

Planning Commission meets the 4th Tuesday of every month in council chambers at 3:30 PM.
Click Here view Minutes of the City Planning Commission.

Board of Adjustment meetings are scheduled as required.
To Request an Adjustment, E-mail build@rbcalabama.com
Click Here view Minutes of the Board of Adjustment.

Industrial Development Board meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month in 2nd floor conference room at 4:30 p.m.  http://rbcindustrial.com/
Click Here for Minutes of the Industrial Development Board.

Building Permits

If you are planning an improvement project around your home or any construction renovation to your business, company or multifamily dwelling, feel free to contact the Building Department to see if a building permit is required. Any permits issued by our Building Department will be permitted under the 2015 International Code and 2014 Electrical Code.

Some examples of when a building permit is required are as follows:

  • Building or installing: Patios, driveways, concrete service walks, deck or patio covers, chimneys, garages, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning supply or exhaust systems, swimming pools, tool or storage sheds.
  • Adding or changing: Rooms, dormers, bay windows or other wall openings, water heaters or other plumbing, furnaces or other parts of heating systems, circuits or other parts of electrical systems, closing in a screened porch, garages to livable areas.
  • Repairing or replacing: Roofing, siding, termite damage, porches, existing stone, brick or concrete, interior wall coverings of restaurants, outside wall coverings.
  • Changing the use of a building: Example: changing from a retail store to a restaurant, or from a single family residence to any type of commercial property. These changes of use groups may require the building to have a fire suppression system installed.

Public Notice

Beginning July 1, 2016, any permits issued by our Building Department will be permitted under the 2015 International Code and 2014 Electrical Code.

Helpful Documents from the Building Department

To download, print or view forms, click on the document name below.

City Hall

3700 Rainbow Drive
Rainbow City, AL 35906

+1 (256) 442 2511