The roof is often its own separate building stage. It includes finishing the roof, installing the gutters and downpipes part way down, if the building is two storey. Generally the builder will not install downpipes to the ground as they will likely be damaged otherwise. Not many request it as an inspection, though it is common more for commercial inspections.
If scaffold is in the way it may obscure the inspection. And if scaffold is needed for the inspection the inspector will not access it if it is not completely standard. Commercial work is sometimes the only scaffold the inspector can use to access all roofing.
The inspector will not go on a roof. There is too much risk. While roofers go on roofing all the time, it can be dangerous. So unless there is valid safe scaffold, including valid safe ladders, with appropriate safe handrails, the inspection is done from the ground.
Most domestic roof inspections are carried out with the lock-up stage.
“As soon as you identify an issue or have a concern, raise this with your builder in writing. Your builder should take steps to address your concerns. If the issues are not resolved and are about building or planning of a technical compliance nature, and construction is still underway talk to your building certifier and consider making a complaint to Access Canberra. The building certifier is appointed by the land owner and not the builder. They work in the interest of achieving compliance with the relevant building and planning laws.”
“If your concerns relate to your contract, such as issues with payments, quality of inclusions, or communication, you can contact: