Did I say that I lived in the county? I called the Zoning & Building Permit office yesterday and was told that plans were not necessary to get the permit. According to the guy I talked to all I have to do is come down there and tell them what I have in mind and pay my $26 for the permit.
That's not to say that I'm just going to pick up a hammer and start swinging. I don't have a full set of build-ready plans showing every joist but I do have a floorplan layout that I will use to locate outlets, plumbing, etc.