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.