How can I get a Hotel licence in Pattaya?

Getting a Hotel Business Licence in Pattaya is not the easiest thing to do and getting help from a professional business licence agent is highly recommended.

Here, we will try to answer some of the most common questions that we are regularly asked regarding ‘How to get a Hotel Licence?’ to try and let you assess if you require the Hotel licence and what you need to obtain a ‘Hotel Business Licence’ to comply with the ‘Hotel Act of Thailand‘.

May 2018: 

New enforcement of the Hotel Act of Thailand

Hotel Business Licence: Do you have the correct hotel business licence?

Crackdown on illegal hotels continues in Pattaya and all over Thailand continues this week with police raiding 10 hotels in Pattaya city and surrounding areas in Jomtien and Pratumnak

J&E Can help you quickly assess if your hotel business complies with the Hotel Act and obtain the correct Hotel Licence

Getting a Hotel Licence in Pattaya is a complicated matter, contact us for a consultation on your requirements.

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Police in Pattaya are cracking down on hotel and guest house owners all over Pattaya and the rest of Thailand, they at any time may enter your hotel premises and inspect your hotel licence and other required licences that are required to run and operate your tourist accommodation business. If your hotel cannot show its hotel business licence then the owner or the hotel manager may be charged with running an illegal hotel, with a maximum sentence of a year in jail and fine of 20,000thb, furthermore, a daily fine can be imposed on top of that of 10,000 baht per day. If you think that your small guest house or villa does not need a hotel business licence then you could be wrong.

You may not know if you even require a Hotel Licence for your businesses, this is a common excuse used by smaller guest houses, apartments or villas in Pattaya. Let J&E Advise and help you through this process before you are the next target for the police crackdown.

It is better to be safe than sorry. Always check that your hotel complies with the rules and regulation set out in the ‘Hotel Act of Thailand’. Obtaining the ‘Hotel Business Licence’ can be complex and time-consuming so our advice is don’t delay and get it done now!

How to Get a Hotel Licence

To apply for a hotel business licence there are several things you need to do:

Is your business classified as a hotel?

What is a hotel?

A Hotel Business Licence application is only required if the business qualifies as a hotel under the ‘Hotel Act Thailand’. A hotel business is defined as:

  • A place of accommodation available for rental for a duration of less than 1 month.
  • Your Hotel, Villa or Apartment has a capacity of more than four rooms and can accommodate more than twenty guests.

What classification is your hotel

Under government hotel regulations, hotels are classified as follows:

  • Type 1: A hotel providing accommodation only, the number of rooms does not exceed fifty, the size of each room is not less than eight square meters,
  • Type 2: A hotel providing accommodation and catering or restaurant services, the size of each room is not less than eight square meters
  • Type 3: A hotel providing accommodation, catering or restaurant services, the size of each room is not less than 14 square meters, and which has either conference rooms or entertainment venues which under the Place of Service Act could be a place for dancing, bars, and nightclubs or spa
  • Type 4: A hotel providing accommodation, catering or restaurant services, conference rooms, and entertainment venues, the size of each room is not less than 14 square meters.

For Type 3 and 4 hotels, no entertainment venues will be allowed unless these hotels have more than 80 rooms, are located in entertainment areas, or serve food, alcohol or entertainment only, and have opening hours after midnight.

Does your Hotel Comply with Business Licence regulations?

Building Regulations
There a lot of legal condition you must comply to before you will be able to successfully apply for a Hotel Business Licence. The location of the hotel, the facilities you have, how big the rooms are, the type of structure, and a whole load of health and safety issues and environmental laws all these must be adhered to before a hotel licence can be issued in Pattaya.

Other Licences required for your hotel

Environment Impact Assessment
For a hotel with more than 80 rooms, or depending on its size or location, an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) is required. permit, a license from the local administration official must be obtained. If the restaurant has an area less than 200 square meters, the owner must only notify the local authorities for a Certificate of Notification as stated in the Public Health Act.

Permit for Occupation
To obtain the hotel licence you will also need a “Permit for Occupation” or a “Certification of Building Inspection” depending on the area where your hotel is located.

Additional licenses might be required with respect to food, liquor, entertainment and more. see Pattaya Business Licensing

Hotel Licence Validity
The Hotel Business License is valid for five years.

Airbnb villas houses and condos rentals is a little bit unclear. Villa’s or Apartments are classed as hotels id “Hotel, Villa or Apartment has a capacity of more than four rooms in total or exceeds more than twenty guests”. You cannot justify not having a business licence based on the fact that every single unit/room is under the permitted capacity if you have more than 4 rooms/apartments in the one condo.

J&E Business Licencing Pattaya

The formula behind the success of J & E Concierge’s Business Services in Pattaya is simple but well-developed. We combine a team of experts, systematized processes and procedures, to ensure our clients receive the very best services to support their unique business needs.

We offer Pattaya’s simplest, transparent and honest pricing. If you don’t see the service required here, just call us for a quote on your any of your business needs or come to our office in Pattaya for a consultation.

J&E Business Services is located on Pattaya Thai, near the corner of Third Road, Near Friendship Supermarket.

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Last updated on: 22.09.2019 – 19:03


  1. LeuvenYuh4 June 10, 2019 at 10:21 am - Reply

    My (Thai) wife and I (Farang) want to built or buy a hotel (50 rooms) in Thailand. We’re looking for some advise from experienced entrepreneurs who have taking this path before and learn from their experience. I am particularly interested in advise on the required licensing. I was advised that the “owner” does not need a license but that the license to operate can be held by the “general manager”, true?
    Appreciate your insight and advise.

    • J&E Concierge June 12, 2019 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      We are glad to see you have new initiatives. We can guarantee you a success only if you will try to contact us and give us more details about your plans.

  2. Simon23 March 17, 2019 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Guest houses must now get a hotel license.Any info?

    • J&E Concierge March 18, 2019 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      If you need help, dare please to contact us.

  3. Beecher Benson September 26, 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Can anybody guide me on how to apply for a hotel permit in Pattaya area, what are the steps to take, where to do, what documents required, cost, etc. etc.? I heard that a hotel license/permit is required as soon as you want to open a guest house or a hotel having at least 4 rooms. Is a permit required even if the accommodation offers only rooms and no restaurant facility?

    • J&E Concierge September 27, 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Sure, we are here to help you so feel free to contact us.

  4. Bedfordnrseven June 18, 2018 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    I have plans to potentially own a guest house in Thailand in the future. Has anyone done so?
    If so any tips on pros/cons of doing so would be appreciated.

    • J&E Concierge June 19, 2018 at 11:27 am - Reply

      There are certainly many people who have opted for this option,but it is very important to have confidence in the experts who will help you in this process, that’s why we offer you the best services. You can find us at our office or contacting us via our email or phone number.

  5. Barwick235 April 11, 2018 at 10:16 am - Reply

    What documents are required to apply for a hotel license?

    • J&E Concierge April 12, 2018 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      Our team of experts will help you understand and prepare all the necessary documents you need. You can pass by our office or you can contact is via email or our phone number.

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