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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 21. Securities And Retail Franchising
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission, Division of Securities And Retail Franchising
Chapter 110. Retail Franchising Act Rules

21VAC5-110-55. The Franchise Disclosure Document.

A. Format. The Franchise Disclosure Document must be prepared in accordance with §§ 436.3 through 436.5 of the Federal Trade Commission Franchise Rule (16 CFR 436.3 through 436.5), subject to the modifications set forth in subsections B and C of this section.

B. Financial statements. Notwithstanding § 436.5(u)(2) of the Federal Trade Commission Franchise Rule (16 CFR 436.5), a start-up franchisor in its first partial or full fiscal year selling franchises shall provide an opening balance sheet that has been audited by an independent certified public accountant using generally accepted United States auditing standards.

C. State cover sheets and effective dates page. The Franchise Disclosure Document shall include the state cover sheets and state effective dates page prepared in accordance with the requirements set forth in Part III B of the 2008 Franchise Registration and Disclosure Guidelines, as adopted May 19, 2019, by the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc.

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 13.1-572 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 21, eff. July 1, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 22, eff. July 1, 2009; Volume 36, Issue 10, eff. January 3, 2020.

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