Floor Area Ratio (FAR)
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Floor Area Ratio (FAR)

By | November 7, 2018

A calculation used in zoning that gives some parameters around the permitted size and volume of a building on a lot, allowing for flexibility in the spacing and shape of the buildings(s). The calculation is determined by dividing the floor area of the building(s) on the lot by the area of the lot. For example, a FAR of 5.0 means that the floor area can be up to five times as large as the lot area, but does not dictate what the massing and shape of the building needs to be. American Planning Association