Building permits issued by the city of Mesquite in calendar year 2017 more than doubled from five years ago. A commercial modification permit for the old Mesquite Playoffs restaurant helped lead the way to 1,468 permits valued at $86.005 million during last year. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

The city of Mesquite Building Department had a very busy year in 2017 when it issued 1,468 permits valued at $86.005 million. That is $20 million more in value than calendar year 2016 and more than double in number and value compared to 2013. Five years ago, the city issued only 712 permits valued at $38.880 million.

For the calendar year 2017, the city issued 329 permits for single family residences with a total value of $73.396 million. In 2016, the city issued 246 permits valued at $56.274 million for new home construction.

Commercial building construction held steady from 2016 to 2017. Nine permits were issued in this category worth $4.590 million in 2017 compared to a year ago when eight permits were issued with a value of $4.241 million. The number of commercial modification permits jumped from 23 in 2016 to 34 in 2017. However, the value of the permits increased only slightly from $2.014 million in 2016 to $2.402 million last year.

Permits for new businesses increased from 37 in 2016 to 45 in 2017.

Grading permits increased from six valued at $579,502 in 2016 to nine in 2017 with a value of $836,500. Demolition permits stayed steady with five issued in both 2016 and 2017.

Apparently the swimming pool business is quite healthy as the number of permits more than doubled from 30 in 2016 to 66 in 2017. The value of the permits almost tripled from $550,761 in 2016 to $1.305 million in 2017.

The only decrease in the number and value of building permits came from residential modifications. The city issued 213 permits valued at $1.252 million in 2016. That category saw a sizeable decrease in 2017 when only 90 permits valued at $723,227 were issued.

In December 2017, the city issued 26 permits for new single family homes valued at $5.723 million. That compares to 22 permits issued in December 2016 worth $5.045 million.

Pulte took out 12 permits for new homes in Sun City Mesquite. That brings the yearly total of new home permits in Sun City to 158.

Nevada Residential Construction (NRC) and Construction West each took four permits for new homes while Warmington Residential Nevada took out three permits. White Rock Development was issued two permits for new homes and Maves Construction took out one permit.

Overall, in December 2017, the city issued 116 permits with a total valuation of $6.039 million compared to December 2016 when 112 permits were issued valued at $6.003 million.