By Kirk Kern

For the second straight month, building permits in the city of Mesquite made a big jump compared to the same month last year.

The city building department listed 195 permits for August 2021 with a value of $8.86 million, compared to 106 permits at $6.34 million in August of 2020.

The bulk of that was due to single-family homes, with 40 permits at $8.08 million for this August, while only 21 were permitted in August 2020 with a value of $4.93 million.

Pulte Homes led the way with 15 permits, followed by Richmond American with 12, Beazer Homes with 7, NRC with 3 and Moves Constructing and Jackson Contracting with 1 each.

The most expensive single-family home construction permit was valued at $600,210 by Maves Construction while the least expensive was $115,830 by NRC.

There were two commercial buildings permitted in August 2021 valued at $111,600, compared to six in August 2020 at $829,466. There were three permits for commercial modifications last month, valued at $46,500, a big increase from the one in August 2020 at $5,760.

The city issued five new business permits, compared to three in August 2020.

The city issued 12 permits for blocks walls in August, compared to 10 in August 2020. There were 9 permits for swimming pools/spas in August, while there were 6 in August 2020.

There were no demolition permits filed in August, as was also the case in August 2020. There were two grading permits in August, up from zero in August 2020.