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How tall can a building be in Phuket?

Phuket is one of the areas that has high density development and tall buildings in many zones. Have you ever wonder? Why in the past the parliament passed the the Heights of Buildings Act? And why now we see many high-rise buildings? Find out with us.

Engineering Administrative Officer of Phuket’s Office of Public Works and Town Planning, Mr. Chalerm Rakmak said that The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment noticed Phuket to issue temporary regulation which restricts the heights of any buildings all over Phuket to not exceed 12 metres (approx. 4 levels). Effective during 1992-1997, the limitation is to control the new buildings not to block the views of island and to prevent damage to natural resources and environment.

After that, the ministry considered to enact a new act in 2002, limiting building heights in Phuket not to rise higher than 23 metres. However, up to 40 metre or 60 metre high buildings are allowed in some areas of Phuket Municipality depending on the zones since Phuket is one of most important tourist destinations and it is important for Phuket city to be able to support numbers of visitor.

In Phuket’s west coast area, no building can be higher than 15-20 metres. Less than 50 metre distant from the Patong beach, no building with a height that exceed 6 metres. But in other areas of Patong the act permits as same as it applies in Phuket Municipality.

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