After several weeks of designing and tweaking the designs, I took the plans to the county office to submit a permit application. Several separate departments are required to review the plans. Now that the economy has slowed, they're pretty idle. With nothing better to do than wield their power over homeowners, they act like you're building a nuclear reactor in your back yard. And, every time you turn around, there's another $150 fee for some bureaucrat to look at the application for two minutes. Two months after initially contacting the engineer, I've got the plans submitted. Now we wait.