"If permits were really about inspection the inspectors would not have to do 30-40 a day"
Hell, and I thought 15-17 was a real tough day!!! How can 30-40 be inspected in a day??? 16 hour shifts???
BTW, here in NJ.....one permit fee covers any and all inspections for the work on the card. We do not have a re-inspection fee.
Permits are required for anything except "minor repairs". (replacment devices, light fixtures (same locations, no wiring)
Building dept. is supported by Permit fees; pays all costs for permits/processing/inspections.