Business owners planning to open a hotel in Thailand which has more than 4 guest rooms and can accommodate more than 20 guests, whether described as a guest house, bed and breakfast or hostel, will require registering a hotel license.
Thai law and regulations requires certain fields to be met, before the accommodation provider can meet the mandatory criteria to qualify for licences which are necessary to run the business according to Thai law.
Thailand Business Consultant can provide a hotel licence application service, to ensure your hotel complies with all necessary regulations to operate within Thai law. Other key licensing areas for hospitality providers to consider include:
Satisfiying the rules and regulations as applicable within the Building Regulation Act (required for a Building Use Permit). The distance between a hotel and the surrounding road, is just one such example which needs to be met. Complying with these regulations, will often require some property construction changes following the inspection.
The hotel may be required to undergo and complete an Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”). This is often dependent on location, however if the hotel has more than 80 rooms, the assessment will be mandatory. Certain areas will require the licensing application regardless of size or number of rooms, such as Pattaya and Koh Samui.
The property may be subject to additional operation permits should it provide certain facilities. Restaurants which are beyond 200 sqm and hotels which provide entertainment services are examples for this.
Generating an annual income of above a certain amount requires registration for VAT. Failure to comply with this will result in the hotel owner being liable to face a jail sentance.
Inspection and necessary architectural recommendations to meet all licensing requirements. This service is for hotels of 50 rooms or less.
Inspection and necessary architectural recommendations for hotel businesses which provide restaurant facilities.
Aforementioned services for hotels which also have meeting rooms for guests to conduct business.