Prepare Site - Clearing Permit
You need to get a permit before you start clearing the site.
Make sure you have the permit
You must not proceed past this point until you have a "Clearing and Grading" permit. Without a permit, even if you were to just do some light pruning of trees and some brush clearing you run the risk of annoying the inspectors. It's best to just leave the site completely untouched (apart from the fencing, the signs, and the string) until you have a permit.
Here is my permit (with the personal info removed)...