Licenses and Permissions Required to get your Hotel Licence in Thailand:
Please read through the many, many laws and see the time and expense involved before you start on the path to getting a Hotel Licence.
There are NO small hotel or room managers/owners offering daily/weekly rental that don’t need to check if they are operating legally. Everyone offering short term accommodation should check.
You will find lots of information throughout the website to give you a good idea of the issues.
If you would like a full individual legal assessment of your business by a top international legal team who will also investigate into any other options to defend you, so that you can continue to legally offer daily rentals, it costs around 40,000 THB and takes about 6 hours of work. This is unfortunately, just the start.
The easiest and FREE way to check if you are now operating illegally, is to visit your District Office for an Inspection.
They are very helpful and will give you instructions on how to proceed.
Apart from the Building Control Law, the requirements of the Urban Planning Law, environmental impact study, the Law regarding Protection and Response of Public Hazard, Law regarding Public Health, and the Law Regarding Promotion and Maintaining the National Environment have to be taken into consideration and the project has to comply with the provisions of the Ministerial Regulations regarding Hotel Business Operations.
There is no Small Hotel Law, only the Hotel Act and the amendment.
A new Ministerial Regulation came into effect on August 19, 2016, which allows for an interim period of five years with more relaxed requirements for the reclassification of existing buildings to be used as a hotel.
The building in many cases will require changing status from residential to commercial property.
ALL very time consuming and expensive, and in many cases IMPOSSIBLE.
The exemption for Thai Nationality owners of many TYPE 1 buildings will enable savvy Thai Investors to continue providing daily rentals with virtually no regulations, and create a perfect investment opportunity for the many Thai’s who would like to take advantage of this situation.
Virtually IMPOSSIBLE for Company Owned or Foreign Leased/Rented Property:
To comply with the current law it is very complicated, time consuming and expensive for you to be able to offer short term rentals as you will invariably be required to have a Hotel Licence, which as you have seen is fairly impracticable.
Even though you spend all the time and money to provide the same as you were previously doing, by trying to obtain a Hotel Licence. There are no guarantees of success.
If you think it is IMPOSSIBLE for you to change your business to comply with the law.
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