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  • Writer's pictureCrystal Lizama, CFE

What is a franchise royalty?

A franchise royalty is a fee that franchisees pay to the franchisor as part of the franchise agreement. Franchise royalties are typically calculated as a percentage of the franchisee's gross sales or gross profits, and they are paid on a regular basis, such as monthly or quarterly.


Franchise royalties are one of the key sources of revenue for franchisors, and they are typically used to cover the costs of providing support and resources to franchisees, such as training, marketing and advertising, and operational support. Franchise royalties may also be used to cover the costs of maintaining and protecting the franchisor's intellectual property, such as trademarks and business processes.


The amount of the franchise royalty and the method of calculation can vary depending on the franchise agreement and the specific terms of the franchise relationship. Franchise agreements typically specify the percentage of gross sales or profits that the franchisee must pay as a royalty, as well as any exclusions or adjustments that may be applied to the calculation of the royalty.


Franchisees must carefully review the terms of the franchise agreement and the franchise disclosure document (FDD) to understand the franchise royalty and other fees that they will be required to pay as part of the franchise relationship. It's important for franchisees to have a clear understanding of the franchise royalty and other fees, as these costs can have a significant impact on the franchisee's financial performance and profitability.


Franchise royalties are an important part of the franchise model, providing a key source of revenue for franchisors and supporting the provision of support and resources to franchisees. By carefully reviewing the terms of the franchise agreement and the franchise royalty, franchisees can better understand the costs and obligations associated with their franchise and plan accordingly.


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