Business operating licences in Pattaya

Business operating licences in Pattaya

Depending on the category in which your company is located, it requires certain licenses or permits, the business of which can operate according to the standards of the Thai state.

If your activity is regulated by a government body, the application that the company can operate can be a complete one and requires a long time.
For obtaining a business license, for the rest of the details and how these procedures work in Thailand, we are at your disposal.
Among the regulated activities that require specific business permits are tourism, the school industry and childcare, liquor, medicines, food, and beverages.

The business license is issued by the Government Department or agency in Thailand, and this business permit allows the company to carry out certain activities. These licences can only be applied once when the company is registered with the Ministry of Commerce.

Further, we will show you what are the most common forms of business registration in Thailand, but also their related licenses
Operating a restaurant or bar.

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A restaurant-based business requires a license to eat, and space, where food and beverages are sold, must have an established point where that business will operate, before submitting the business permits application.
Before approving the business operating license, inspections of the spaces will be carried out by the government authorities.
Alcoholic beverages require an additional permit called an alcohol permit, and that a business operating license is granted by the local Excise Department. All these licenses will be granted for 1 year, these requiring annual renewal by the respective company.

Also, providing financial services through a company operating in Thailand requires certain business license from the Bank of Thailand. Financial services include financial companies, credit financing companies, asset management companies, and electronic payment channel services.
Institutions that provide services for assistance in government policies to promote investments but also for economic development for Thailand, require the additional permission of the Ministry of Finance.
Companies that deal with import or export activities will require certain business permits depending on the category of goods.
When the respective goods are controlled, specific licenses are required from the administration of food and drugs in Thailand. Here we find the import of food, medicines but also cosmetics in the Kingdom.
Moreover, the import of mobile electronic devices will require a permit from the national broadcasting department in Thailand.
Any company will have to apply for a paperless customs license from the Thai customs department to import or export goods under the company name.
Businesses that are focused on employment, such as headhunting, both staff and search companies, and employment agencies need a license for recruitment.
The licence will be issued by the Department for Employment. Also, the respective company must meet specific requirements regarding the local management but also the shareholding and office space.
For the approval of the license, an inspection of the office premises is compulsory.
As a rule, the company has the obligation to report the recruitment activities to the Employment Department, after the license has been approved.
If your company is to operate a travel agency, you will need to obtain a travel license from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, before this company starts operating.
This company can also be involved in tourist activities, but only with the help of this business operating license. Without this license, organizing tours and packages or scheduling accommodations and tickets is strictly forbidden. This license is classified in Inbound Tourism, Exit Tourism, and Domestic Tourism.
The company needs a local director of Thai citizenship who will have to sign a tourism license. This authority to sign the local director can be restricted only to things related to the tourism license.
Also, when you want to start a guesthouse business, you need licences specific to this type of business.
The documents that need to be provided for this type of license consist mainly of the building permit, the interior map, as well as the owner’s documents and the location map showing that there is no school or temple near this hotel and not least, the company documents.
It is worth remembering that only a director who has Thai citizenship can sign this request and the rest of the relevant documents. When obtaining a hotel license, the law of the Thai state requires that the hotel operations be supervised by at least one administrator.

When you start a guesthouse business you have to consider that the time required until you get all the approvals and when you can start the activity is 6 months.

For any kind of detailed details regarding your license to rent daily, or if you need help obtaining different licenses for your business J&E Concierge Pattaya is here for you.

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No matter your budget, there  are always ways to increase your sales and grow up your business.
But you must know that there are some reasons to not have a good satisfaction about your business. Sometimes you need to add a new branch of the company because the current one must have some issue,  adding company objective,  sometimes we also need to change our shareholders because maybe the current business is not what they really want,  and not the last think for sure,  we can also try to change the company name.
J & E Concierge’s Company Administration Services would be always there for you to teach you and to help you how you can keep your business up.

Business Licences | Marriage Registration

Foreigners who are legally married to a Thai national may apply for a Non-immigrant O visa based on marriage in Thailand.
They will need the following documents for the extension for the visa:
-copy of your passport.
-copy of your Thai marriage certificate (both versions).
-copy of your Thai wife’s ID card.
-copy of your Thai wife’s Tabian Baan (House Papers).
-copy of a map to your residence in Thailand.
-copy of photos showing you and your wife together.
-copy of your bank book showing 400,000 THB in your bank account/copy of your income showing 40,000 THB per month in income.

At the end i wanted to remind you that you will have our help in every situation you need. Above i gave you some examples from our services list and i’m sure now you have all information ,the last think you must do is to contact us via email and our phone number where you can also ask if you have any questions !
We are ready to make your work easier and we hope you will cont on our experience and our experts!

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  1. BlueHard August 8, 2019 at 8:47 am - Reply

    How can I open a restaurant in Thailand?

    • J&E Concierge August 8, 2019 at 11:50 am - Reply

      Hello BlueHard, we can help you open your restaurant, all you have to do is to get in touch with us as soon as you can. Thank you

  2. BaeCrush May 19, 2019 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Can foreigners own business in Thailand?

    • J&E Concierge May 20, 2019 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      Hello there, sure they can. Anytime when you decide to open your own business here please feel free to get in touch with us. Thank you

  3. Frank April 1, 2019 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Does anybody know what is the score with licences in a beer bar or restaurant that wants to play non-Thai origin music. I know that the fun police will come down on people playing Thai songs, but can anyone tell me if it’s the same for my Barry Manilow LP’s? Cheers

    • J&E Concierge April 2, 2019 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      Hello, we can give you all information you may need. All you have to do is to get in touch with us as soon as you can. Thank you

  4. BlackVelvet February 23, 2019 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    My friend (A bar owner in Jomtien) was raided by about 5 Thai guys dressed in black jackets, They extorted 50.000 baht saying that it’s illegal to play Thai music. Does anyone know the real law on this? Is there an official license that can be purchased to avoid this harsh corruption fining that seams to have sparked up again, and where is it purchased?

    • J&E Concierge February 24, 2019 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Hello, we can give you all information you may need. All you have to do is to get in touch with us as soon as you can. Thank you

  5. RicoDeJaneiro February 9, 2019 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    I’m looking to set up a travel agency but I know I require a TAT licence, ive looked all over the TAT website and googled it but I cant find anything. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you

    • J&E Concierge February 10, 2019 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Hello Rico, please feel free to get in touch with us and we will provide you these information. Thank you

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