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Pattaya city is in Chonburi province and has its own local government office, Pattaya City Hall, which is responsible for public hospitals, health, education, sewage, sports and tourism in the city of Pattaya.
The Provincial Administrative Organisation is the main administration body in Chonburi and Rayong province and is responsible for public hospitals, health, education, sewage, sports and tourism (except for in Pattaya City). Each province is divided into separate districts (amphur or amphoe). The Amphur District Office is the local government building which issues identity cards, House Registration Documents (Tabien Baan) as well as marriage and divorce certificates.
Each amphur is subdivided into tambons, each with a local government office called the TAO or Tambon Administrative Organisation (pronounced "or-bor-tor" in Thai) that deals locally with roads, waste collection, animals, construction permits and more. In urban areas, the local Muncipal Administrative Organisation (Thesaban) is the local-government body equivalent to the TAO.
Chonburi province is divided into 11 separate amphur while Rayong Province is divided into 8 separate districts with 58 local subdistricts or tambons.
Many government departments have information relevant for foreigners living in Pattaya and Thailand. Websites are often in English and further information can be found by telephoning the relevant department. An English-speaking person will often be available.
Here find the contact information for Pattaya City Hall and the local government offices in the provinces of Rayong and Chonburi, the Immigration Bureau, the Department of Land Transportation (DLT), the Land Department Office and the Department of Employment.
Pattaya City has its own local administration body separate to the provinces of Chonburi and Rayong. Public hospitals, health, education, sewage, sports and tourism are all part of Pattaya City Hall remit.
Identity cards, House Registration Documents (Tabien Baan) and marriage certificates for citizens of Pattaya are issued at the Amphur Banglamung.
The following offices deal with all questions related to public hospitals, health, education, roads, waste, parks, water supply, sewage, sports and tourism and control of nuisance dogs:
Identity cards, House Registration Documents (Tabien Baan), marriage and divorce certificates for citizens living outside of Pattaya are issued at the local amphur office, some of which are listed below.
The Immigration Bureau is the main centre for all visa enquiries and residency requirements. Visit the office in person for specific details.
The Department of Land Transportation (DLT) is responsible for issuing driving licences, car registration documents and the annual vehicle tax sticker, among other things.
Local office for the transfer of land and condo title deeds, following the sale or purchase of a condo, house or land.
The Provincial Employment Office run by the Department of Employment is the local office that is responsible for issuing work permits.