Hostel operating permit in Pattaya

Hostel operating permit in Pattaya

In Thailand, a hotel is seen as any other business that offers paid accommodation for less than a month, regardless of its capacity or the number of people.
Under the law, even the smallest villa or apartment can be classified as a hotel. To successfully obtain a hotel license, you must follow certain steps.
Each of the entrepreneurs who decide to start this kind of business in Thailand needs a license to rent a room or a permit and also a licence for an apartment rental.

When the business comes in as a hotel, a request is required.
According to the Ministerial Regulation of 2008, no application is required for operation in the following cases:

– on all floors of the building, it has no more than 4 rooms

– the total capacity is up to 20 people

– this is classified as a small enterprise that offers only the additional source of income for the owner

– daily rental activity is reported to the government

Also according to the Ministerial Regulation and hotels are classified in different types:

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1. Hotels that are exempt from certain requirements, including obtaining a hotel business license

2. Those hotels that offer accommodation and the number of rooms does not exceed 50 and the size of one is not less than 8 square meters.

3. Hotels that offer services such as accommodation and catering services or restaurants and the size of a room is not less than 8 square meters

4. Hotels that offer accommodation, restaurants or catering services and the size of a room is not more than 14 square meters. In addition to these services, they also have conference rooms or entertainment rooms. Further, you will discover the steps necessary to obtain a permit to rent a room.

Entertainment facilities are only allowed if the hotels have more than 80 rooms and are located in entertainment areas or serve only food, alcohol and have opening hours after midnight.
Another important step in carrying out the actions to obtain the hostel licence, is an investment promotion by the Investment Council. A hotel business that requires a capital of at least 500 million THB, has a maximum capacity of 100 rooms.
By promoting the BOI, new investment is required, so an existing project is therefore not easy to promote.
Sometimes hotel business can be carried out by a company that is established following the Amian Treaty of Thailand. Foreign nationals have no restrictions on the hotel activity they want to perform in Thailand
A hostel operating permit is based on the location of the hotel business, the structures of the building, the necessary facilities, the area of the rooms will be offered for rent.
When you need a license to rent a room or permit, or usually a license for apartment rental, we invite you to call us, and our team will help you complete this process.

It is important to remember that any building that will fulfill the function of the hotel, must meet certain safety standards, depending on the number of floors.
For buildings with more than two floors and more rooms, the sidewalk must also be taller.

Emergency evacuation stairs are required for buildings with more than 4 floors and must be made of fire-resistant material. Moreover, the buzzers, smoke alarms, the evacuation route signaling, the emergency lighting but also other requirements, must be fulfilled.
Depending on the location and size of the hotel, but also on the number of rooms, it is necessary to evaluate the impact on the environment.
It also needs an authorization but also a license from the local administration office.
When the restaurant has an area of less than 200 square meters, its owner must notify the local authorities with a notification certificate, according to the law on public health.
Following the law of building control, space, where the hotel business will operate, requires a permit for employment.
If the building is outside the building control area, a building inspection certificate issued by a licensed civil engineer based on an engineer from the Thai state is required. According to the operating model of the hotel, it needs contractual arrangements.
The hotel also needs a manager, with adequate experience and quality to manage the hotel business. Also to keep in mind it is necessary and obligatory to hold a permit to rent a room, these are not excluded and exceptions are not allowed
Any hotel, restaurant company, business room, additional leisure seminars with bar, nightclub or spa can apply for licenses, which has a validity of 5 years and can also be renewed.
In some cases, additional licenses may be required for food, liquor or entertainment. For any other question or if you need some indications or if you need help we are here for you, we come to your aid and do not forget the hostel operating permit is made based on its location.

Company Registration Service

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. BornLucifer August 12, 2019 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Hey guys I am looking to buy a freehold hostel in Pattaya but as you know there are many hard laws in Thailand for foreigns and in case set up a limited company. Can anyone help me open my company? Thanks

    • J&E Concierge August 13, 2019 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      Hello Lucifer, we can help you open and register your company, please feel free to get in touch with us. Thank you

  2. Henry123 June 9, 2019 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Anyone know if foreigners are allowed to buy hospitality businesses? Or is foreign ownership prohibited under Thai real estate regulations?

    • J&E Concierge June 10, 2019 at 10:59 am - Reply

      Yes for these information and the rest of them and if you are decided to get the licence, please do to hesiate to contact us. Thank you

  3. Julian April 12, 2019 at 11:55 am - Reply

    I want to run a hotel/guesthouse in Thailand, thus i am looking for all the help, information, ideas, pointers ect. i can find, i’m hoping that there are people here who has experience and knowledge on the matter.

    • J&E Concierge April 12, 2019 at 2:30 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. Steelme March 22, 2019 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    I’ve got a 4 storey shophouse that has had tenants renting it out for a restaurant and staff quarters. Their business is now finished and I want to perhaps turn this into a hotel/guesthouse/hostel and turn it into a business for someone to rent. Has anyone done anything like this and if so can i do that? Thanks in advice

    • J&E Concierge March 23, 2019 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Hello there, sure you can do that. All you have to do is to get in touch with us as soon as you can and we will provide you all information you need. Thank you

  5. Scatt February 16, 2019 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Hello! I am coming from the US and am wondering which visa I will need to start a business in Thailand? I am wanting to start a hostel/guesthouse and I am also wondering what kind of business licenses I might need to start a business like this? Any help would be greatly appreciated

    • J&E Concierge February 16, 2019 at 4:04 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

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