I'm blown away that a permit would even be needed for this simple job.
It's not structural, not going to raise the property value enough to matter to them.
Are you in the soviet republic of CA where they want permits for everything just to get your money?
Why would you need to remove them for them to inspect? Inspect what?
Its not as bad as people portray. Living in Cali is awesome! Ive had more stringent regulations on some things when I lived in Iowa.
...and, I dont know where everyone gets off calling it 'Soviet Republic..."
In my area the CONTRACTOR gets the permit . This isn't directed at you , but a contractor shouldn't expect "Aunt Bea" to bring specs , plans , etc to the Building Dept & explain things so a permit can be issued !
You didn't intentionally do anything wrong !
My advice is : "Let sleeping dogs lie"............
you can get a 'homeowners permit' in most parts of Iowa