sandeen wrote:When I rewired my garage, I pulled a permit for an EVSE
I don't think a permit would normally be necessary for a plug-in EVSE. My understanding is that NEC code establishes standards for permanent wiring, up-to and including the receptacle. What you plug into the outlet is usually out of scope for NEC.
There are other restrictions on what you can plug-in: although my refrigerator needs a dedicated branch circuit (municipality code) and must be UL-listed (per my home insurance policy), I don't need to pull a permit to plug it in.
An inspector can also take the observed uses of wiring into account, such as if they are inspecting a new 120v branch circuit, but they notice an EVSE plugged into the 14-50R dryer outlet, and ask for a load study before approving the 120v branch circuit. But there's nothing illegal about having the EVSE unplugged or put-away during inspection.