A bit of good news about building permit
When I talked to the city secy, I was basically told that if we didn't have an architect draw up the plans, we wouldn't get a building permit. This is for a 10x10 room with foundation in place and no plumbing. I told her there just wasn't that much to it, and we are drawing up detailed plans and will spec all the materials. She was rude and blew me off.
So dh finally had time to go IN to the office and turn on the "good 'ol boy" charm. Afterwards: Well of course you can draw your own plans on such a little room, and if your specs show all the materials, it will surely be approved by their permit guy.