City inspections

This came in from a loyal reader (we edited it to take some names out):

I have a bit of info for you that may be of interest.  I was recently at a client’s office  last week talking with the lady that is in charge of permits  from the city.  She told me as of this year the inspectors NO longer have ladders with them to do the inspections and will call and say “we are here you have 10 min to bring a ladder” or they charge them for another inspection. (around $500).

This is with commercial projects so she was not sure about the residential however they ALL had ladders up till now.. seems a bit of a hidden tax or just a gotcha for more money.

3 Responses to City inspections

  1. Anonymous says:

    Seems like a liability gotcha too. What if the site ladder is unstable and the inspector falls? Most contractors I’ve used have policies that their employees only use their equipment for safety reasons.


  2. abandon hope says:

    The City also does not inspect residential jobs closely. The roofer who did a job for me several years ago said the City would come by later to inspect the job but would inspect visually from the street. Some inspection! Hope that department is not asking for more money in this year’s budget.


  3. I don't get it says:

    Stupist thing I’ve ever read. I own a house and a commercial building but not a ladder.


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