The object lesson in several days worth of frustration at a local permit office is to GET LUCKY. And, just to be clear, I am always super polite and deferential to everyone working at these offices; since they have all the power. And also, for the record, our local electrical inspectors are awesome, helpful, and easy to work with. Building appears to be different.....
- The Bureaucrat behind the big desk at the front of the office is not knowledgeable about code/permits or inspections. No matter how nice you are, no matter how pleasant, no matter how you have studied the code or referenced it, you can't get past someone who's answer is always "Don't come back until you've filled out this form." Then they will try and explain to you codes and will make jerks of themselves telling you up is down and black is white.
- The Engineer in charge of the office always wants a "signed and sealed" engineering plans. FOR EVERYTHING, no matter how trivial; regardless
of the requirements of the local code. Dog house - better get that "signed and sealed".
- In the end, the only thing that really mattered was that the inspector didn't think "signed and sealed" plans were needed. After several frustrating trips between functionaries. The inspector told us, "Go home, I'll take care of it. Don't worry about it. It's done." Having an inspector who was sympathetic was EVERYTHING.
Sheesh. I am the girl who always says, get your permit. It makes me really distressed when they make it so durn hard to abide by the law.