Gold! Pure Gold! This is what we have been waiting for! We have permits!
Now don't get too excited. We don't have a building permit for the house, yet, but we have gotten some key permits. The first was the building permit to move the north end of the horsehoe drive. Actually, the first was the permit to remove the tree that was blocking the location of the new driveway. Armallaria is my new best friend. That made the permit to move the drive possible.
Then it was time to call my friend Professor Joe of the Soil Test together with an inspector from the Health Department to inspect the site for the septic tank. Gotta have that septic permit before you can submit the building permit! I knew we were in good shape, though. There was some seriously good karma going on. You'll never believe what the inspector's name was.
Permit granted. End of story.
And the beginning of the next chapter -- getting the actual building permit.