I ran into that once. The inspector was a "combination inspector," and had been assured by the plumber (!!!!) that, of course, the pumps would be on a GFI. He was a bit surprised when I answered his question with a "Heck No!"
To give him credit, he did check with his boss, and did a 180 right then and there.
These 'seminar' inspectors are conditioned to think 'water + electricity = GFI" It takes a while for them to fully understand the topic.