Time-resolved surface scattering imaging was performed for liquid benzyl chloride and liquid toluene under femtosecond KrF laser ablation conditions. No scattering image was obtained until 1 ns, while scattering started from 2 ns when the laser fluence exceeded 25mJ/cm2, and its intensity increased with the passage of time. The higher the laser fluence was, the steeper the increasing slope was. The scattering is due to surface roughness, which is the initial stage of macroscopic morphological changes. Root-mean-square surface roughness was estimated from the scattering intensity by using frosted fused-silica plates as reference samples. The induced surface roughness increases to a few hundred nm in 10 ns.