Hawaii is a Franchise Registration State. The filing fee for initial and renewal FDD registration applications is $250.
Hawaii is a franchise registration state. Before you offer or sell a franchise in Hawaii you must register your Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) with the Business Registration Division of the Hawaii State Dept of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. The filing fee for initial FDD registrations, updates and annual renewals is $250 per filing. Registration lasts for one year and must be updated no less frequently than annually and within 120 days of the close of your fiscal year.
The Hawaii Franchise Investment Law governs and regulates the offer and sale of franchises in the State of Hawaii. The Hawaii Franchise Investment Law implements the FDD disclosure and registration requirements in the State of Hawaii and implements franchise relationship requirements as to the relationship between franchisors and franchisees in the State of Hawaii.
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The Business Registration Division of the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs regulates and oversees enforcement of Hawaii’s Franchise Investment laws including FDD registration and filing requirements and enforcement of Hawaii’s franchise relationship laws.
Applications for initial FDD registration, annual renewals, and amendments are filed at:
State of Hawaii
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Business Registration Division
335 Merchant Street, Room 205
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
The Division’s telephone number is (808) 586-2722
The franchise registration application should include:
The filing fee is $200 for all franchise registration applications including initial registrations, renewal registrations and FDD amendments.
Section 482E-2 of the Hawaii Franchise Investment Law applies a community of interest standard and defines a franchise, as:
“…an oral or written contract or agreement, either expressed or implied, in which a person grants to another person, a license to use a trade name, service mark, trademark, logotype, or related characteristic in which there is a community of interest in the business of offering, selling, or distributing goods or services at wholesale or retail, leasing, or otherwise, and in which the franchisee is required to pay, directly or indirectly, a franchise fee.”
Yes, there are limited exemptions to Hawaii’s franchise registration requirements. Before relying on any registration exemption, you must carefully review the facts with your franchise lawyer. Section 482E-4 of the Hawaii Franchise Investment Law identifies, Hawaii’s registration exemptions, which include:
Yes. In addition to being a franchise registration state, Hawaii is also a “franchise relationship state”. This means that Hawaii has implemented laws that give franchisee’s additional rights that go beyond the terms of their franchise agreement. When dealing with franchisees in the State of Hawaii, Franchisors must be aware of Hawaii’s franchise relationship laws and the additional franchisee protections that it affords. Hawaii’s franchise relationship protections are extensive and include the imposition of good faith standards, and prohibitions as to activities of franchisors involving disparate treatment of franchisees, disclosure of rebates and kickbacks, prohibitions against actions that are unreasonable and arbitrary and others. Hawaii’s franchise relationship laws are contained in Section 4832E-6 of the Hawaii Franchise Relationship Law.
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