What is a good way to get an answer from local government official that I can trust and depend on? Is it possible to make those answers binding?
I have had several conversations with city officials, and there are few things that make no sense. One official says 'yes', another says 'no'. One official says it isn't possible to get docs I've asked for, another one tells me - 'no problem - it will take me 15min to pull them up'.
One official says sign permit cost is $40 per each thousand of structure cost (which makes min cost for monopole permit $2K). Even though city ordinance has nothing in that effect. How do I know what I hear from them is trustworthy? Can you even trust any of them unless you find corresponding ordinance?
Same guy didn't know how to get zoning map of the city. Hold on one sec, you issue permits that are directly dependent on zonings and you have no idea how to get a current zoning map? Really?!
So my question is how do I know what officials tell me isn't some made up crud?