License to sell alcohol

License to sell alcohol

Before a restaurant or bar operating in Thailand can sell alcohol, it must obtain a license to sell alcohol. This license represents an authorization that allows a company to sell alcohol legally.
In the category of companies that require this license, we find pubs, bars, restaurants, importers but also wholesalers, hotels, clubs, theaters, and grocery stores. These licenses are valid for one year and must be renewed immediately after they are no longer valid.
The alcohol license must be submitted to the District Office for the representative area of ??the bar or restaurant. The license to sell alcohol must be in the name of the business owner.
This request requires the registration documents of the requesting company, the proof of the address of the restaurant or bar, the copies of the registration documents of the house for the restaurant and the identification of the documents of the license holder and the rest of the documents.

Besides, a deposit can be requested, but very important to remember is that it is forbidden to sell alcohol near schools or religious areas.
Many entrepreneurs are looking for investment ideas in Thailand to help them attract both local and foreign clients
A bar can be an extraordinary business idea and of course successful when it is set up in compliance with the laws in force and by carefully observing the law on foreign affairs.

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For foreign nationals to open a bar in Thailand, they need a Thai partner, who owns 51% of the business
. Moreover, the opening of a bar in Thailand implies the observance of the rules and regulations which require the opening of any other types of business.
Keep in mind that you will need an alcohol licence in this country, regardless of the type of drinks. We can consult and assist you, but we can also guide you when you want to open a bar in Thailand. Opening and running a bar in Thailand also involves several costs and the business must operate alongside the appropriate licenses. Managing it, hiring reliable staff and being able to attract customers are also other things to consider once the business has already started.
Our team will answer all your questions about this type of business and you can always ask us questions.
This type of business can be fruitful for foreigners who want to start working here and make profits, but some certain conditions and requirements must be met. You will also need a business license.

Consider the following steps when opening a business:
– first of all you have to reserve the name of the company and this must be unique
– you need a special bank account for your business
– prepare the necessary documents and company status
– you will need to register your business for VAT with the representative Thai authorities
– in the end, the Trade Register of Thailand will examine the documents and register the company
When you open a bar or restaurant, company registration is the first step to take. A very important aspect is obtaining a license to sell alcohol.
This is a process subject to a large number of regulations, which is why we recommend that you call our team in Pattaya to help you complete this aspect.

The alcohol license is necessary when you want to sell drinks in Thailand, whether you have a restaurant or not.
Thailand’s national office is responsible for issuing liquor licenses after the following documents have been analyzed:

– VAT certificate and company documents

– the documents for renting the location

– the documents of the bar owners who want to sell alcoholic beverages

– invoice

– empowerment

In addition to the licenses and supply of the bar, as well as the process of forming the company in Thailand, other aspects regarding the opening of a bar must also be solved. Both the location and its size are important features in deciding when you want to start this type of business.
Also, do not forget the business license you will need to operate the restaurant
. To be able to play music in a bar, pub or restaurant, licenses to play music are also required from the company called MCP, for most foreign and Thai music, but also another license to play music by any other Thai artist licensed from GMM Grammy.
J&E Concierge Pattaya can help you with preparing and processing applications for license to play music.
Food trucks would be found in many parts of Thailand. Some of these can be operated in private areas, and some in public areas without the need for adequate control by the local Government officers. Thai people are familiar with this type of business but also how food is served, we find in Thailand vehicles that sell sausages and fried meat.
To operate this type of business you also need a food truck license.

As we know each country has its laws, rules, and regulations regarding the food of this type of business. In conclusion, any entrepreneur who wants to start this kind of activity must fulfill and respect the laws of this country.

We can help you with the food truck license, and all you have to do is to get in touch with us as soon as you can.

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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. Jerret July 29, 2019 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Where do I apply for a license or licenses to sell beer, spirits & cigarettes in the Pattaya area? Thanks.

    • J&E Concierge July 30, 2019 at 10:08 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

  2. Elizabett June 11, 2019 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Good morning folks! Quick one I hope, does anyone know approximate cost and process to gain a license to serve beer and wine in the evenings in my coffee shop? Will also serve some small snacks etc but not full meals.

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

      Hello Mark, we can help you get your license, all you have to do is to get in touch with us. Thank you

  3. Jamesvenus April 15, 2019 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    I would like to start selling my homemade liqueurs to local hotels, shops and directly to customers online via a website to supplement my income, though having conducted extensive research, have realised it’s not going to be that straightforward. Seemingly my rented home can’t be a licensed premises and I have to set up a company for a wholesalers license by the looks of it, neither an attractive (or affordable) option to me. Has anyone here set up a successful alcohol business from home and if so how did you do it? Thanks

    • J&E Concierge April 16, 2019 at 10:07 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

  4. BillKarlos March 5, 2019 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    I know that to sell alcohol in a traditional shop, you need to have a licence from the local council. Is the same true for selling online ? Even though you have a ( potentially ) national / global customer base ?

    • J&E Concierge March 6, 2019 at 9:34 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. Bruno1 January 20, 2019 at 8:16 am - Reply

    We are considering getting an alcohol license, I know the law changed fairly recently with regards to the costs. Is there anyone on here that could give me a break down on how much it would cost each year to license one of my propertys?

    • J&E Concierge January 20, 2019 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      Hello Bruno, we are here to help you, please feel free to get in touch with us. Thank you

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