A permissive exception does not require a wall switch in the room. You are telling us what you think the code means rather than telling us what it says or does not say. If I use an occupancy sensor it must be in the room and either in addition to a wall switch or have its own override type switch. If all I have is a wall switch the code is silent as to where I have to place it. As an example: I have a six gang switch at the front door and can turn on, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, outdoor, master bedroom, and patio lights from this location. While not convenient it complies with the code.
You got it part right Joe. The part about me telling you what I think the Code requirement means. It’s pretty clear in the NECA publication where it says “Answers are the authors opinions”. NEC 210.70(A)(1) requires a wall-switched lighting outlet in every habitable room and bathroom. The intent that the wall switch be in or convenient to that room is clear and is further emphasized where Part 2 of Exception 2 references the “customary” wall switch location. That’s my opinion. Your opinion is different but you certainly have a right to it.
Like I said where common sense fails the minimum Code does not take up the slack. So make sure the owner does before you begin to build, otherwise it may meet Code but the owner may not be happy with it. And the inspector can't help you out if it meets Code.
The bugaboo is the use of " wall switched lighting outlet" If one looks in the definitions "outlet" does not mean receptacle where you plug in a corded light or appliance... and the Code doesn't say switch outlet but it says "wall switched lighting outlet"
Joe is right in this State. Charlie is streching it .....
Play it safe. Show the switch locations on the plans .... That is what plans are for.