Thai Business Licenses
You cannot do business in Thailand without Thai Business Licenses. If you are buying a business or starting a new business in Thailand then you should seek assistance from a lawyer in Thailand as there are many options with regards to business registration and also depending on your business type you will need to apply for the correct licences. Certain products require certain licences as well as zone laws and location close to schools and temples are looked at.
Once you have registered your business in Thailand you now need to ensure that you can do business with the correct licences and VAT registration as well as tax and social security registration.
If you are starting a restaurant and wish to sell liquor then you will need to check your location. The government does not allow certain types of businesses close to schools or temples. You might also need to check that you can sell wine and beer. What will be needed are the documents of the business registration as well as proof of the business location. If you are planning a disco then the zoning of the building also has to be checked. If you are going to place this in the name of your Thai wife then you will also need a copy of her Tabian Baan.
It would be difficult to operate a restaurant, nightclub or bar without the ability to sell cigarettes in Thailand. Your Thai lawyer will need to check again the zoning of you area depending on what you wish to do. Note that the government might require a deposit during the process.
Entertainment venues are difficult to setup and an attorney is going to be a must have. Your entertainment licence will need a zoning check and possibly also a check by the fire department to ensure that it is safe. These applications are expensive and time consuming to obtain and will take a while to complete. Much like the liquor license application your business location becomes of prime importance in Thai law. Also note that a massage business could also be viewed on the same bases as entertainment. You will need to speak to your lawyer in Thailand about what would be needed.
Selling food with require a food license from the local authority. These are relatively easy to obtain compared to the other licenses in Thailand.
Planning a tour company and owning a tour operator business then you should also ensure that you have been registered with the Tourist Authority of Thailand as you are going to need a TAT license. There are many online tour companies who will arrange golf tours in Thailand and act as a broker. Check with an attorney about this as well as the internet laws in Thailand are complex.
Starting a business in Thailand can be a headache so always ensure that you have taken proper legal advice to ensure that you are not stuck in red tape. This is a major step in Thailand as a work permit needs to be secured as well as business registration and all the needed licenses.
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