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.
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.
Jeeraphan Sookhwan, Chief of the Work Permit Department, Phuket Provincial Employment Office.