I have to agree with the others.
If you eliminate home owner permits the work will still get done. It just won't get inspected.
I also have to say that the specific issues he points out in his article probably weren't inspected either. I have also seen some stuff like he describes done by so called electricians.
Unfortunately Yes,I agree.
When i have a homeowner Balk- at a permit-
I simply state that Insurance may or may not cover any potential loss- for what ever reason, if the work is not on record. PITA? yes. Do I sleep well? Yes.
People- Contractors as well as home owners think the permitting issue is -- I'm at a loss for words- It just insures that the job is correct,and above board.
In my area- I have never paid more than $100.00 (USD) for a residential permit.
The only hassle has been making sure that Myself or the customer are there to give access.