I spoke with someone the other day who related an experience he had with the city trying to get permits to build a new building.
In short he expected to get final permits in December of 2015 according to his team (architect, builder, engineers). He finally got the permits this May.
When he went to get the permits down at the city he was told that the fee would be a number that he considered to be outrageous.
He argued his points and ultimately the city settled for a permit fee that was one third of what they had demanded originally.
We deserve better