Connect with us


New building code affects Phuket hillside projects

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Phuket Natural Resources and Environmental officer Natthaporn Jarunkiatkhajorn has confirmed that tighter controls on building on hillside land in Phuket came into force on July 31, some two months earlier than expected.

“After we receive an official letter from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Policy and Planning Division in Bangkok, we will immediately send letters informing related organizations to recognize the new regulations,” Ms Natthaporn said.

The new regulations, gazetted on July 30 and brought into effect July 31, impose tougher measures aimed at constraining hillside development and ensuring that all new developments have at least the minimum mandated “green areas” reserved with no structures built upon them.

“Construction projects now must follow the new regulations. However, the new rules will not affect applications that have already been submitted and are currently being processed,” Ms Natthaporn said, adding that her office receives about 30 building applications each month.

The new rules allow structures to be built on gradients of up 50%, compared with 35% under the previous rules, but with a slew of tougher new conditions.

Structures on hillsides with gradients from zero to 20% are limited to eight meters in height, while those on gradients of 20% to 50% are limited is six meters.

Also, buildings on gradients between 20% and 35% must leave at least 70% of the total property area as “open space”.

Buildings on gradients more than 35%, must leave at least 75% of the total property area as “open space”, with at least half of the open space area maintained as a “green area”.

Regarding the size of the structures to be built, buildings on slopes of 20% to 35% gradient cannot be larger than 90 square meters and the area of the land must be at least 100 square wah.

Buildings on gradients of 35% to 50% must not be larger than 80sqm in size and the land area must be at least 120 wah.

While the above rules apply generally, building applications may also subject to additional requirements, notably depending on in which “zone” the plot is in and how far it is from the high-tide mark.

The Royal Thai Government Gazette of July 30 has a full list of all the requirements and conditions that now apply.

— Atchaa Khamlo


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand3 hours ago

Covid UPDATE Sunday: 18,027 infections, expat vaccine registration

Transport9 hours ago

August flight plans: Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, Thai Lion

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

New site for foreigner vaccine; Mor Prom deletes appointments

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Politics12 hours ago

Facebook fake news post suggesting a coup faces prosecution

Koh Samui16 hours ago

UPDATED: Samui Covid-19: 14 new Black Club infections, 2nd small cluster

Thailand17 hours ago

40,000 cases a day could happen by September, says projection

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Phuket17 hours ago

Phuket Sandbox Covid-19 infections: 35 today, 209 this week

Thailand18 hours ago

Prayut says he will not resign, warns politicians to behave

Thailand19 hours ago

Bangkok Train market to possibly close for good

Coronavirus (Covid-19)19 hours ago

Border between Kanchanaburi and Myanmar closed until…

Thailand20 hours ago

Covid UPDATE: 18,912 infections, provincial totals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)20 hours ago

PCD says don’t throw away used masks in water bottles after infections linked to bottles

Thailand22 hours ago

Government says it’s okay to criticise them, if it’s fact based

Thailand23 hours ago

Bangkok volunteer group “Sai Mai Will Survive” overwhelmed with calls

Coronavirus (Covid-19)23 hours ago

Phuket reservations slow down for August

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8