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Rainbow City
building department


3700 Rainbow Drive
Rainbow City, AL 35906

Building Department

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.
Joel Garmon

Joel Garmon

Building Official

(256) 413 - 1230


Jack Self

Building Inspector

(256) 413 - 1240


Michael Bolton

Nuisance & Abatement Officer

(256) 413 - 1283

Heather Hill

Heather Hill

Building Administrative Assistant

(256) 413 - 1245

Planning Commission meets the 4th Tuesday of every month in council chambers at 3:30 p.m.

Board of Adjustment meetings are scheduled as required. To request an adjustment, e-mail

Commercial/Industrial Development Board meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month in 2nd floor conference room at 4:30 p.m.

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

Permit Fee Schedule


Zoning Map 2019-2020


Ordinance No. 360 Zoning


Rezoning Application


Subdivision Regulations


Contractor Schedule


Ordinance 528 Nuisance Abatement-Signed


Nuisance Abatement – Complaint Form


Stormwater-AR Control


Ordinance No. 537-Flood Ordinance