When I lived in Lexington, KY I built a new hearth around an existing fireplace in my house and installed a woodstove and liner and didn't have a permit or inspection of any sort. However, I tried to get one by contacting the city building inspector's office as well as the fire department, but I was told by both places that no inspection was required. Now I am in Ashland, KY and contacted the local building inspector's office at the county clerks, and again I was told a permit was not required. From lurking around this site for the past few years and doing research on my own, I feel confident to do another install by myself. I guess I am more and more surprised, however, that I am not required to get a permit. Just thought I'd post this as I find it interesting how requirements seem to vary based on what I have read on this board... Do permit requirements vary county to county, or is it state to state?