I just spoke to my city's inspector (well, one of 2) Heating appliances fall under the HVAC-Plumbing department of the city. The inspector I spoke to says that I absolutely cannot install the stove myself, that it must be done by someone licensed for HVAC and plumbing. The permit will only be issued to a licensed contractor (I can't arrange the permit while I figure out who to use) , and he would not even tell me the cost of the permit. He said he highly doubted that the installer who recently gave me an estimate was properly licensed for HVAC, if he specializes in wood stoves. He said they have a list of licensed contractors that I can check--but by coming in, not by phoning. How...helpful. He did say that the permit cost was based on the job cost. I got him to clarify, saying the total job cost--labor AND supplies. This seems stupid--now I'm definitely buying my chimney parts myself! Should I fight on, and get someone in the office to let me come in and read the codes? Even if there is a homeowner exemption, will he refuse a permit anyway? I had to explain to him what a wood-burning stove is. Is it possible that he is placing it in the wrong category, and convince him that a different code applies?