As discussed last week, individual ownership of land gradually evolved throughout the history of Thailand. By the modern era of constitutional monarchy, numerous laws existed with respect to how individuals could own land and register title to it with the government.
On Dec 1, 1954 the Land Code was enacted. The purpose of the Land Code was to consolidate and make consistent the earlier laws relating to land, many of which were explicitly repealed by the Land Code. Since its original enactment, many of its provisions have been repealed and amended. The latest amendments were in 2008.
The Land Code sets up a system of rules that govern the ownership of land, such as how landowners sharing common boundaries must behave to protect the rights of their neighbours.