• Mahya,

I can't speak to what's in the 3rd party test prep materials, but I can say the key thing is for you to understand the concept of FAR and how to apply it.  A question on the ARE would provide appropriate details so you would know which way to calculate it.

• It's the entire site area. For ex: If the site is 10,000 s.f.

Allowable FAR is .5%  and proposed structure is 5,000 s.f.  your FAR is 50% = OK

if your proposed structure was 5,001 s.f. your FAR would be over allowable and not ok.

• I was thinking it is the site x the FAR but you keep the floor area within the buildable area/ setback.

• (Edited )

FAR is the floor area / site area, plus any additional floors on the building itself. Lot coverage is just first floor or floor area that covers only the lot or site.

• This keeps tripping me while studying because in LA City it is buildable area, so within the required setbacks as a one story building... in the consensus though that the ARE bases it off the whole site area?