A decline in commercial building permit valuations issued by the city of Mesquite Building Department led the November monthly comparison overall from a year ago even though the number of permits was up.

The city issued 144 permits last month valued at $7.985 million. That compares to November 2017 when 110 permits were issued with a higher valuation at $8.180 million.

The number of permits issued for single-family residences was up one from a year ago at 32 permits. The valuation of this year’s permits came in at $7.542 million compared to last year’s valuation at $6.997 million.

Pulte Homes of Nevada who constructs all the new homes in Sun City Mesquite took out 17 permits in November for new homes. Nevada Residential Construction (NRC) took out five permits for new homes. Construction West took out four permits for new single-family homes while Jackson Contracting took out two permits. Maves Construction and Grass Creek Construction each took out one permit Two private homeowners each took out one permit.

The most expensive single-family home construction permit was valued at $539,604 with the least expensive permit valued at $142,896.

Nine residential modification permits were issued in November compared to eight a year ago. Seven permits for swimming pools were issued last month compared to two permits in November 2017.

Two permits for commercial buildings valued at $15,228 were issued in November. That compares to two permits valued at $958,495 issued last year when the Virgin River took out a permit for its new event center.

Two commercial modification permits were issued last month with one set for renovations at the Golden West Restaurant and Casino on East Mesquite Boulevard worth $27,000.

The number of permits for block walls increased from eight last year to 13 this year. That’s usually an indication of more new home construction.

One demolition permit and one grading permit were issued by the city.