I went to the county to simply inquire about whether or not I need a permit for a swingset and if I could place it over my septic easement. The guy looks at my plat and notices that my well isn't clearly marked on the plat and may not be up to code due to the age of the well. He then proceeds to tell me that, now that he has seen the plat, he is going to require a formal inspection of my well including testing. WHAT? For one thing, I have never ever had a problem with my well. I guess it is about 50-60 years old. I have always been told by the folks who have done work on the well over the years that I have the best well in the county in terms of flow and water quality.
Does the mere fact that I went in to ask a question about one thing give them the right to force an inspection on my property over something that made them curious on my plat? I have not even submitted a building permit, which apparently I don't even need in the first place. Just knowing the age of my well and that it probably wasn't built to current code (obviously, due to the age) doesn't seem like just cause to make an inspection to me.
Help! I feel like an idiot going in to ask an innocent question, which now may cost me thousands of dollars.