Establishing a Thai Association

Business in Thailand

How to Establish a Thailand Association

Section 78 of the Civil and Commercial Code defines the Association as a juristic person which has been "created for conducting any activity which, according to its nature, is to be done continuously and collectively by persons other than that of sharing profits or incomes earned..."

Section 79 listed the required elements in light of the regulations of the Association. Below are the following particulars:

  1. Name, logo and location. The Association must incorporate the word 'Association' in its name.
  2. Objectives
  3. Address of the main office and all the branches.
  4. Rules and conclusion of membership.
  5. Membership fees and rates.
  6. Committee of Association rules namely:
    1. Number of Directors
    2. Appointment of the Directors
    3. Term and retirement of office of the Directors
    4. Meetings of the Committee
  7. Management rules which include the keeping of accounts and property of the Association.

Registration of the Association

In order to register an Association, a license must be issued first from the Office of National Culture Commission. Generally, the documentation and requirements needed to register a Thai Association include the following:

  1. The meeting minutes to establish the Association by at least three promoters
  2. The regulations or by-laws of the Association, which must include rules regarding membership and the membership fee rates
  3. A list of the initial 10 members
  4. Documents related to the headquarters of the Association, such as a map and the lease agreement or landlord's consent letter
  5. Background histories by three promoters which are certified by a department-level government official.

The Office of National Culture Commission will also solicit the views of any government departments that are related to the purposes of the Association. If permission to establish the Association is granted, it may then be registered as a juristic person.

Local Office Numbers:
Bangkok: 02-259-8100
Phuket: 076-326-322
Chiang Mai: 053-818-306
Pattaya: 03-300-8830
International Numbers:
US: 1-877-252-8831
UK: 0207-101-9301
Australia: 028-015-5273
Thailand: +66 2259-8100