Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Sellers of Business Franchises

Effective July 1, 2013, sellers of business franchises are no longer required to file registration documents with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).

The Franchise Exemption filing remains in place. Section 559.802, Florida Statutes, states that anyone offering a “franchise” in Florida is exempt from the Sale of Business Opportunities Act provided they meet the requirements of the law and annually file a Franchise Exemption application [ Adobe PDF Document ] before offering for sale or selling a franchise to be located in this state or to a resident of this state.