The world does not revolve around the NEC by itself. it is part of a larger picture and only part of the puzzle.
If it does not apply in your area then ignore it, no reason to comment on something that does not apply.
To be fair, you are posting in an NEC forum.
So do you as an electrical inspector inspect more than electrical work? It seems that way.
Also what electrical codes do you inspect by? It seems foolish to have different electrical codes to go by. Although I guess it is typical of government to make things much more difficult then they need to be.
So what, officially, are you bound to inspect and what codes do you officially use to back your decisions?