As an example calculation, let’s assume your plot size is 294 sq. yards. Convert 294 sq. yards to sq. meters by multiplying it by 0.83. After conversion 294 sq. yards is equal to approx. 244 sq. meters.
Check the Floor area ratio (FAR) for your plot in Delhi from the table below.
|Area of Delhi
Plot (sq. meter)
|FAR||No. of Dwelling
|Above 32 to 50||90*||350||3|
|Above 50 to 100||90*||350||4|
|Above 100 to 250||75**||300**||4|
|Above 250 to 750||75||225||5|
|Above 750 to 1000||50||200||7|
|Above 1000 to 1500||50||200||7|
|Above 1500 to 2250||50||200||10|
|Above 2250 to 3000||50||200||10|
|Above 3000 to 3750||50||200||10|
* The dwelling units in table above are as per supreme court. Dwelling units as per Master Plan 2021 may be different.
For a 244 sq. meters plot in Delhi the FAR = 300 (as checked from the table above).
Use a multiple of 9 to convert plot area from sq. yards to sq. ft.
Plot Area in sq ft = 294*9= 2646 sq. ft.
Total area of all floors = (FAR*Plot Area)/100
If you are planning to consume the full FAR of your plot in Delhi then according to the Delhi By Laws you can only build 4 floors. Therefore the per floor coverage area comes out to be 7938/4 = 1984.5 sq. ft.
Note: Balconies, Stilt Parking, Basement, Lift Shaft & Mumty are excluded from Floor area ratio (FAR) calculations. This list is not exhaustive and certain areas may change basis finalization of architectural drawings.
FAR or floor area ratio is the ratio of the gross floor area, that is the building’s total floor area, to the plot area, that is the piece of land, on which the building is constructed. Therefore, the formula can be written as: FAR = (gross floor area/area of the plot)*100
If the FAR is higher, that means that the construction would be denser, which is commonly seen in urban areas. FAR guidelines can differ from one locality to another and are decided by the municipalities and the same is the case for Delhi.
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 percentage ratio, while the latter, FSI, is an index. An FAR in Delhi of 200 is translated as an FSI of 2
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 plot-owner in Delhi, you can build a one-story building on your entire plot or a two-story building on half your plot. FAR of 200 means that you can build a two-story building on your entire plot or a four-story building over half of your plot, and so on.
This is just an example to help you visualize the area one can build on a plot basis the FAR available on your plot in Delhi. The above changes practically due to ground coverage and setbacks allowed, balconies Mumty etc. which are not included in FAR calculations and are additional.