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continue our conversation.I never heard of anything (in the real world) like the rumors you've mention. Installing replacement windows is a common upgrade that does not trigger anything so draconian. You will probably need a building permit and possibly a lead paint assessment if your house is more than 30 years old but that's about the extent of it.
And if you're not doing this yourself pulling the required permit is up to the window contractor not you.