Karen,I agree with your comments.Mr. Permit must be one of those "Building Inspectors from Hell"we always hear about. (Guys with huge egos that live to be oh,so self-important.)
Carol, Please refer to Bruce M. and John L.'s suggestions.Bruce M. details what will likely require a permit,and John L.'s comments are valid as to the helpfulnessof "most" building inspectors.
To avoid running into jerks like Mr. Permit, I might suggestyou talk to a local contractor, and see which Inspectorsthey recommend (or avoid).
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