# What is Plot area, Carpet Area, Setback area, Plinth Area, Buildup Area in civil engineering

Well, If you are a civil engineer, You must know how to read a floor plan of the building. A good plan gives a better idea of whole structure in single sheet. To make it ease,  In the plan we use many terms for denoting and identifying the particular areas of a building. Here I am discussing different types of areas which we generally use them in identifying the type of area in the Plan. (Plot, Built-up, plinth, Setback, carpet, super built-up area)

## 1. Plot Area:

The area which is surrounded by a boundary line (fencing)  is called as Plot Area. In simple words, the total area which belongs to you in a city or town is termed as a Plot area. The term Plot area is majorly used in gated communities, townships and named as Plot Area 1, PA-2 etc. They are useful in identifying the plot of a particular individual.

## 2. Built Up area/Plinth Area:-

The total building area in plot area is referred as Built up area. In simple, Area excluding empty space around the building is called Built up area or Plinth area.

Built up Area = Carpet area+ Thickness of All walls + balcony

## 3. Setback area:

The empty space around the building is called Setback area. The setback area is decided by Municipal Authority. In India, we leave 4 ft from all the sides of the building. The reason behind leaving setback area is to make ease for moving vehicles, ventilation and during emergency purposes. However set back area increases for High rise building and may go up to several meters.

Setback area = Plot area – Built-up Area

## 4. Carpet area:

Carpet Area is an area which is enclosed within walls. In simple words, Area excluding walls in the built-up area is called as carpet area. It is a working area of a building. Generally, carpet area is around 85-90% of built area.

Carpet Area = Built-up Area- Area of walls

## 5. Super Built-up Area:-

Super Built Up Area is the built up area plus proportionate area of common areas such as the Swimming pools, Staircase, lobby, lifts, open verandahs etc.
The term Super built up area is generally used in Real Estate (while buying property) builders may add 20% of total cost of apartment to the super built-up area.

Refer the following Plan of a building in a plot picture for  clear understanding.

Super Built-Up Area = Setback area+Built-up Area+20% of common area

Hope now you are aware of Plot, Builtup, plinth, Setback, carpet, super builtup area which we use in civil plans and other real estate purposes. Don’t forget to add your valuable comments.

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### 37 thoughts on “What is Plot area, Carpet Area, Setback area, Plinth Area, Buildup Area in civil engineering”

• Manymore are yet to come! i started this website in last month created 20+ articles till now give sometime and i will try to put everything in this website

2. very informative article!!!!
being a civil engineer one should know about terms like plot, carpet, setback area etc.

3. Super bro thanks for all useful things related to civil engineering.thank you very much bro. Continue to share more things about civil engineering like this bro.

• Sure:) Many more are updated stay tuned buddy 🙂

4. Supppbbb explanation with theory + figure.
Its a most important website for all civil engineers.

5. Thank you Sir for giving us these information. Please keep helping us .

6. thanku so much civil read

• Hi darshan,

7. Please make an article over drwaing of detailed plans.
And great work
Thanks

8. Thank u sir for sharing this kind of articles… Really it is helping…U r dng gud job..?

• Thanks for ur valuable inputs 🙂 Stay connected with us 🙂

9. Super sir, very useful

10. Very nice sir…,you also write a book on guidelines on civil tips I hope it will early.. Thanks

11. Hi, what do we call for the area with multiple floors? eg: in duplex or triplex house.

12. Does carpet area includes pillar of the building structure inside a commercial shop.

• carpet area is the area excluding walls in builtup area same can be applied for columns too

13. great article sir .i wish you to upload about the calculation of property tax of building,and minimum requirements (sizes) for bedroom hall kitchen,sunshine rules
so that it will be more helpful

• Hi shashi i make a note of it

14. Good job bro..keep sharing..This is very informative and helpful..Thank you

• thanks for your valuable inputs

15. Weldone Krishna…..G8…

16. Nice information , Its really help while drawing plans of house

17. Discuss about deflection control. .

18. excellent job ur doing keep on thank u

19. Thanks Krishna.Doing a good job.My best wishes to you.

20. Hey thanks for the upload. Can you please tell me what is the height requirement as per National Building Code also size of the plot.

21. Assuming the plot area is 2,000 sq m out of which 265 sq m has been surrendered for road widening, how much built up area is permissible in the island City ?

• well, built up area was decided by the government

22. Nice explanation with picturization every can understand easily

• thanks for ur words

23. Easy to understand and very useful for knowing
the facts of structure pinch by pinch.

24. Thank you sir for this article now I can aware of all
the area’s great job

• Cheers!

25. Nice information bro love ur website nice initiative

26. This post is really informative and useful. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article.