Interesting information that I discovered from reading our Arkansas real estate magazine called "Realtor Rightings" was found in an article written by Bob Balhorn, ARA Government Affairs Director.
He said that when a person builds a new home or structure outside the city limits of an Arkansas city you can assume that the only part of the structure that has been inspected is the septic system. It is the only state required inspection!
The state building code has lots of requirements but there is no enforcement mechanism for making sure the code is adhered to. You can complete the house and have all sorts of code violations but no one will ever know.
If the building is outside the city, the county may not even discover it for years. Until it is discovered it may not be on the tax records. (I sold a house once that had been built inside a subdivision and was several years old and was not on the tax records!)
Inside cities the electrical, plumbing, mechanical and building inspections are required along with a building permit. However, things may be overlooked or mistakes made. Mr. Balhorn gives the example of a family who moved into their house and one of the children became very ill.
They discovered the crawl space was full of mold. The plumber had failed to connect the shower drain to the sewer line and this oversight was missed on the final inspection of the home. Removing the mold to make the home livable was in the $10,000 range.
Mr. Balhorn says that if you buy a house outside the city limits, be sure to have it inspected by a home inspector. I suppose you can go further and say that all new houses could be inspected just to be on the safe side.