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Start a Franchise in Alaska

Alaska Franchise Registration Status: Non-Registration State
State Registration Fee: $0.00

The State of Alaska is not a franchise registration state. This means that prior to offering or selling a franchise in Alaska you do not need to register your Franchise Disclosure Document (“FDD”). Although Alaska has enacted business opportunity laws, franchisors that are in compliance with the Federal Franchise Laws are exempt from Alaska’s business opportunity disclosure requirements.

Alaska does not require FDD registration but if you are not a franchisor and not otherwise in compliance with the franchise laws and FDD disclosures, you must comply with Alaska’s Business Opportunity Laws. As a franchisor you must ensure that your FDD is current, that you are in compliance with the FDD disclosure requirements under the franchise laws and that you properly disclose your prospective Alaska franchisee.

To learn more about franchising in Alaska and how we can help, give us a call at (800) 976-4904 or contact us.

Alaska Franchise and Business Opportunity FAQs

Who Regulates Franchises in Alaska?

Alaska has not enacted franchise laws and does not require FDD registration. Accordingly, Alaska has not designated regulator to oversee franchise sales in Alaska. However, Alaska has enacted Business Opportunity Laws and that are administered and regulated by the Alaska Department of Law.

Does the Alaska Business Opportunity Act Apply to Franchises?

If your franchise is in compliance with the Federal Franchise Laws, then you will be exempt from the Alaska Business Opportunity Act and you will not be required to register as a business opportunity. Although the definition of a "business opportunity" under the Alaska Business Opportunity Act is broad, Section 45.66.220 specifically exempts franchises.

Helpful Links Concerning Alaska’s Franchise and Business Opportunity Laws:

  • Alaska Business Opportunity Laws - This is a link to the text of Alaska’s laws governing the “Sale of Business Opportunities”. Alaska’s Business Opportunity Act imposes registration and pre-disclosure requirements on sellers of business opportunities in Alaska.
  • Alaska Consumer Protection Unit - This is a link to the resources page for the Alaska Consumer Protection Unit. The page includes helpful resources about Alaska’s Business Opportunity Act and registration forms and checklists.

To learn more about state-by-state information for franchising, visit our page on state franchise laws. For more information on our Franchise Counsel Program and how we can help get your FDD registered and ready to sell contact us at (800) 976-4904 or contact us.

Charles Internicola

by Charles Internicola
National Business and Franchise Lawyer

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