While the total number of building permits issued by the city of Mesquite in August rose by just one, the valuation of them fell by $1.230 million.

The city issued 168 permits last month with a total value of $6.564 million. A year ago, the city issued 167 permits valued at $7.794 million.

In August 2017, the city issued 147 permits valued at $5.209 million.

The number of permits for single-family residences dropped from 27 last year to 23 this year. With that, the valuation of the permits for new homes fell from $6.536 million to $5.144 million.

Pulte Homes of Nevada, which constructs all new homes in Sun City Mesquite, took out 11 permits in August.

Nevada Residential Construction (NRC) took out 10 permits for single-family residences in August. Jackson Contracting and AMB Construction each took out one permit for new single-family homes.

The most expensive single-family home construction permit was valued at $447,096 with the least expensive permit valued at $144,456 in Sun City.

Thirteen permits were issued this August for residential modifications compared to 12 last year. Total valuations in this category rose slightly from $51,726 last year to $56,820 this year.

One commercial building permit was issued to Mesquite Electric for a new building located on Mayan Circle valued at $648,000. Last year the city issued three permits with a valuation of $455,598.

Two permits for commercial modifications were issued valued at $27,700. That compares to six permits in this category valued at $278,155 the city issued last year.

The city issued three new business permits compared to eight issued last year in this category.

Two demolition permits were issued in August. One was for the old McDonald’s restaurant on West Mesquite Boulevard. There are no plans to replace the building with a new business. The second one was for improvement work on an existing building on West Pioneer Boulevard. Last year the city issued one demolition permit.

The number of permits issued for block walls fell from 19 in August 2018 to eight permits this year. The valuation of the permits more than doubled from $54,071 last year to $110,432 this year. Most of the increase is attributed to one permit valued at $77,816 for a wall in Sun City Mesquite along Sidewinder Drive.

The city issued 11 permits for swimming pools this year valued at $179,173. That’s an increase from four permits issued last year valued at $71,862.

No grading permits were issued last month compared to two issued in August 2018.