Koh Samui Building regulations
Koh Samui Zoning Law
Zones 1.1 to 1.20
In Koh Samui Building regulations the low-density residential areas zones are highlighted in yellow. The below rules apply when building within these zones:
- The total area of any buildings, except hotels, must not exceed 2,000 sqm and the height of any building must not exceed 12m
- If land is used for residential purposes, including hotels, apartments, and bungalows, the surrounding space must be at least 40% of the whole plot.
- If the land is used for acceptable purposes other than residential, it shall have a surrounding space of at least 20% of the whole
- If the land borders a public canal or public water source, the land 6m from the edge must not be used
- The land 10m from the coast must not be used (specific exceptions exist)
- If the land should be within 50m from the coast, the building height should not exceed 6m and its total area must not exceed 75sqm. The surrounding space must be at least 75 % of the whole plot.
Zone numbers 2.1 to 2.4,
Medium-density residential areas. Land here will be used as in the yellow zones. But the land used for other purposes in these zones must not exceed 20%.
Zones 3.1 to 3.13:
High-density residential and commercial areas. This land is to be used predominately for commerce, residential and tourism purposes.
- Zone 3.1: Land that is 80-140 metres above sea level in Koh Samui and Koh Phangan
- Zone 3.2: Land that is greater than 140 metres above sea level in Koh Samui and Koh Phangan
- Zone 3.3: Land that is 80 metres above sea level in Koh Tan
The land on Koh Mat, Koh Fan, Koh Wang Nai, Koh Wang Nok, Koh Rap, Koh Mutsu (all within Koh Samui District)
Industrial and warehouse building. Land here is to be used primarily for the purpose of industry), community recycling factories and warehouses.
Zones 5.1 and 5.2
Specific industrial and warehouse areas. These zones are to be used for the purpose of a specific industry, which includes any permitted factory provided for in the Ministerial Regulation addendum, community recycling factories and warehouses.
Zones 6.1 to 6.11
Rural and agricultural areas. Land here is to be used for agricultural purposes, or any activity relating to agriculture, residence and tourism
In Zones 6.3 and 6.9
Among the list of prohibited uses are: any purposes of land allotment, except agriculture purposes; residential purposes, except for single house; and any business which may cause harm to health, under the laws regarding public health.
Zones 7.1 to 7.7
Public use and for the maintenance of the environment. Land in these zones is to be used only for the purposes of recreation building, or any activity relating to recreation; the maintenance of the environment; or for the benefit of the public. Include: residential purposes; any building whose total areas exceeds 1,000 sqm or 12m height; residential purposes relating to condominiums, apartments, dormitories, attached houses, or commercial house types; waste disposal facilities; junkyards; or vehicle servicing or manufacturing facilities.
Zones 8.1 to 8.3
Reserved forest areas, where the land is to be used for the protection and preservation of the forest, wild animals, water resources and any other natural resource, according to the resolution of the Council of Ministers.
Zones 9.1 to 9.27
Educational institutes building. Land here is to be used for educational purposes or any activity relating to education; or for the benefit of the public only.
Tourism, fishing and the maintenance of the surrounding environment. Land here is to be used for the purposes of the preservation of the environment; tourism or any activities relating to tourism; the benefit of sea life; seaside fishing; or the public benefit only.
Zones 11.1 to 11.24
Religious purposes. Land in these zones is to be used for the purpose of religion or any activity relating to religion; education; or for the public benefit only.
Zones 12.1 to 12.29,
Government Building and public utilities. And the land in these zones is to be used for the purposes of state operations, any activity relating to the public utilities and public assistance, or public benefit only.
All ways ensure your investment is located in the appropiate zone
The 12 zones defined by the Samui Town and City Planning Act in Thailand have been created to ensure that development produces long term benefits for both investors and the local people. You should always check that a potential development is located in the appropriate Koh Samui zone and consider how the Koh Samui Building regulations and zoning laws will shape the development of the surrounding area. Take a look at the Koh Samui property zoning map to get an idea of the areas where development is possible and download a free copy of our Exclusive Guide to Investing in Koh Samui to find out more.