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FAR in Delhi

What is the unit of plot measurement?

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What is FAR?

As per UBBL 2016, FAR is defined as The quotient obtained by dividing the total covered area (plinth area) on all floors multiplied by 100 by the area of the plot.

FAR = Total covered area of all floors x 100 / Plot Area

Note: For reference please check point 1.4.48 on page 9 of UBBL for Delhi.

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What is Ground Coverage?

As per UBBL 2016, Ground Coverage is defined as the portion of the building within the maximum outer surface of the structural wall/column/slab measured at ground level (excluding the mentioned limits of projection/balcony/canopy /porch /void/shaft/cladding/ curtain wall etc)

Note: For reference please check point 1.4.57 on page 10 of UBBL for Delhi.

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Is stilt mandatory for residential plot development in Delhi?

Stilt is mandatory in Delhi for plot sizes 100 sqm and above upto 1000 sqm. This is not mentioned in the UBBL. To see the relevant notification for this rule, click here.

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What is a Dwelling Unit?

As per UBBL 2016, Dwelling Unit is defined as An independent housing unit with separate facilities for living, cooking (maximum one kitchen) and sanitary requirement.

When building plan approval is submitted, the number of Dwelling Units planned is to be shared. Number of water meters issued is equivalent to the number of Dwelling Units approved. Property Tax is charged by MCD for each Dwelling unit separately.  

Note: For reference please check point 7.1 on page 53 of UBBL for Delhi.

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What is the permitted height for residential plots in Delhi?

As per UBBL 2016, following are the relevant clauses for permitted height:

  1. Clause Annexure VI, Clause 4.4.3 Terms and Conditions No. (iii)

  2. Clause 7.19

To see more relevant information about Delhi bye-laws, click here.

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Floor area ratio (FAR) can sometimes also be called floor space ratio (FSR), floor space index (FSI), site ratio or plot ratio.

In India, both floor area ratio (FAR) and floor space index (FSI) is used. To clarify the difference between the two-FAR is a ratio, while the latter, FSI, is an index. Index numbers are values expressed as a percentage of a single base figure. Thus, an FAR of 1.5 is translated as an FSI of 150%.

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Practical application of FAR

To explain the concept of Floor Area Ratio (FAR), we will take the help of an example. An FAR of 100 means that, as a homeowner, you can build a one-story building on your plot or a two-story building on half your plot. FAR of 200 means that you can build a two-story building on your plot or a four-story building over half of your plot, and so on.

To further explain our previous example, if you have a 300 sq. yard (250 sq. m) plot in Delhi, then the FAR (as checked from the table) comes out to be 300. That means that you can build 3 floors with 100% of the area, i.e. 2691 sq. ft (250 sq. m) or 4 floors with ¾ (75%) of the area, i.e. approx 2025 sq. ft. (187.5 sq. m).

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How does defining the FAR of a city benefit its citizens?

As discussed earlier, every city is just like a structure and therefore is constrained by the capacity it can withstand. If you go beyond this capacity then it can lead to various issues.

FAR defines this load-bearing capacity for a city to maintain the general well being of the citizens based on a lot of factors such as the ability to cope with natural disasters, etc.

The concept of floor area ratio is used by the government to divide the land into zones so that urban density can be restricted. It further puts a limit on the persons allowed in a building. FAR is also commonly used by architects and construction workers to accurately decide the building design and structure.

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For Plot setbacks :

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In case the permissible coverage is not achieved with the above mentioned setbacks in a plot, the setbacks of the preceding category may be allowed.

In the case of construction in the future, a minimum 2 m X  2 m open courtyard shall be provided for in residential plots of area of 50 sqm to 100 sqm.

Note: For reference please check Page 153 of UBBL for Delhi.

Green Building Provision:

 All buildings on various plot sizes should comply with the green norms and conform to the requirements mandatory for sanction as mentioned in UBBL for Delhi on Page No. 101 - Chapter 10.

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Q1 - What is FAR in New Delhi?

Ans FAR (Floor Area Ratio) in New Delhi is a zoning regulation that defines the maximum allowable construction area on a given plot. You can check more details with Prithu Homes FAR Calculator Delhi.


Q2 - How to calculate FAR Delhi?

Ans To calculate FAR in Delhi, divide the total covered area of all floors by the total plot area. You can get help of Online FAR Calculator.


Q3 - What is the total FAR area in Delhi?

Ans - The total FAR area in Delhi is the sum of the covered areas on all floors of a building, measured in square feet or square meters.


Q4 - What is a permissible FAR area in Delhi?

Ans - The permissible FAR area in Delhi varies based on the zone and land use category defined by local authorities. Check permissible FAR of your area with Prithu Homes FAR Calculators.


Q5 - Is the balcony included in FAR?

Ans - In Delhi, balconies are usually included in the calculation of FAR unless specified otherwise in local building regulations.


Q6 - What is the FAR policy in Delhi?

Ans - The FAR policy in Delhi is set by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and is subject to periodic updates. It outlines the rules and regulations governing construction density and land use in different zones across the city. For the latest details, refer to the official DDA guidelines.

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