Residential building permits valued at more than $82.9 million were issued in August by communities in the Des Moines area. To view a monthly breakdown of residential building permits issued by community and the value of the permits, click here.

The number of residential building permits issued in the Des Moines area in August jumped 37% from July, the first uptick after four months of declines, a review of communities’ building permit records shows.

Overall, 377 permits were issued for the construction of townhouses and single-family houses in August, the records show. In July, 274 permits were issued in 13 Des Moines-area communities and Polk County.

The number of residential permits issued had been on a downward trend since April. In March, 513 residential permits were issued, a high for the year. In April, 468 residential permits were issued.

The value of August’s residential permits totaled $82.9 million, nearly 10% more than July’s permit value of $75.7 million.

The average value of a residential building permit issued in August was $219,908, the review showed.