Can I be the project manager of my very own house?

If I’m married to a Thai national and have all the correct paperwork to build a house in Phuket, can I act as my own project manager without a work permit?

I would interview and hire contractors, supervise the work, give advice and supervise all activities on the work site day by day – but I would not get paid. I will simply live in the finished home with my wife.

  • Asked on Friday, November 9, 2012 | 10:54 AM
    Want a House, Kathu

As a foreigner, even with a Thai wife, you cannot act as your own project manager without a work permit.

Jobs related to engineering and architecture are reserved for Thais. However, if an international company sponsors your work permit as a “project manager” you can function in this capacity.

Normally, foreigners having their own houses built in Thailand hire a Thai person as the project manager.

  • Answered on Friday, November 9, 2012 | 10:54 AM
    Jeeraphan Sookhwan, Chief of the Work Permit Department, Phuket Provincial Employment Office.
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