Utah Franchise and Business Opportunity Laws
The State of Utah is a franchise filing state and not a franchise registration state. Before offering or selling a franchise in Utah, you must file a "Notice of Exemption" with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection. Your exemption notice must be renewed annually.
Utah’s franchise filing requirement is triggered by its Business Opportunity Disclosure Act, which requires registration of business opportunities. Under the Act, franchisors that maintain a valid and current Franchise Disclosure Document ("FDD") may claim a business opportunity registration exemption through the filing of a Notice of Exemption. The exemption filing fee is $100 and must be renewed annually.
To learn more about filing a FDD and franchise exemption notice in Utah and how we can help, give us a call at (800) 976-4904 or contact us.
Utah Franchise and Business Opportunity FAQs
Who Regulates Franchises in Utah?
The Division of Consumer Protection of the Utah Department of Commerce regulates and oversees the enforcement of Utah’s Business Opportunity Disclosure Act. The Act broadly defines business opportunities to include franchises.
Where Do I File My Utah Notice of Exemption?
Franchisors with a valid and current FDD must file a Notice of Exemption with the Division of Consumer Protection. This filing must be made online only as Utah no longer accepts paper franchise filings. The Division’s phone number is (801) 530-6601.
What Should I Include with My Utah Franchise Filing?
You filing must be made online through Utah’s electronic filing system. When filing online, you will need:
Name of your franchise company;
Name of your franchise system brand;
Principal business address of your franchise company;
The Federal Employer Identification number for your franchise company;
Signature affirming that your franchise company is in compliance with the FTC Federal Franchise Rule; and
To pay the filing fee with a credit card. Payment of the filing fee will be prompted at the end of the online filing process.
Once your franchise filing has been fully processed, the Division will email you a certificate of registration confirming the filing and acceptance of your notice of exemption. You must renew your filing annually.
Need assistance registering your FDD in Utah? Give us a call at (800) 976-4904 or contact us to learn more.
Useful Links Concerning Utah’s Franchise and Business Opportunity Laws
You may find this links helpful regarding Utah franchise laws.
We also recommend visiting our interactive franchise registration map to learn more about state franchise laws, FDD registration states, and required franchise filings.