Actually it depends on where you are, here the EC reconnects. The POCO comes out after the inspection and does the permentant connection and locks the meter. If it's something like a car hitting a house, here the PD has contact numbers and we will send out an inspector no matter the time of day or night.I will just file for my permit online may or may not be done before work starts on an emergency call.
I can see the headaches that some people may have where they have AHJ that likes to have too much control. How about an accident happening at about 5:00 on a Friday, homeowner will have no power if not repaired - repair only takes about an hour - permit office is closed until Tuesday because Monday is a holiday - Power company will not re-energize without permit. That would be horrible, but I bet some people have run into similar dilemmas.