This is not a typical requirement in RCFE's (CA only btw). Verbal only doesn't make the cut; you need to get the commentary in writing. Work your way up the food chain in the dept if you don't get your plan review in a written format.
Code interpretations are the authority of the "Fire Marshal"; there must be a roster or website or City/Count Clerk listing that identifies the person having the fire marshal responsibilities. Find the Fire Marshal and get an interpretation on your issue as the "local" inspector generally does not have final interpretive authority.