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  • Writer's pictureCrystal Lizama, CFE

What is a franchise disclosure document? AKA FDD

A franchise disclosure document (FDD) is a legal document that provides detailed information about a franchisor and the terms and conditions of the franchise agreement. The FDD is required by law in many countries, including the United States, and must be provided to potential franchisees before they enter into a franchise agreement.


The FDD typically includes a range of information about the franchisor, including the company's history, financial performance, and business model. It also includes details about the franchise agreement, such as the initial and ongoing fees and obligations of the franchisee, as well as the support and resources provided by the franchisor.


The FDD is an important tool for potential franchisees, as it provides detailed information about the franchisor and the terms of the franchise agreement. It allows potential franchisees to thoroughly evaluate the franchise opportunity and make an informed decision about whether to invest in the business.


In order to prepare an FDD, franchisors must gather and organize a range of information about their business and the franchise opportunity. This can include financial statements, legal documents, and other information about the company and the franchise agreement. Franchisors must also carefully review and update the FDD on a regular basis to ensure that it is accurate and up-to-date.


Franchise disclosure documents play a critical role in the franchise industry, providing potential franchisees with the information they need to make an informed decision about investing in a franchise. By providing detailed and accurate information.


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