SOUTH CAROLINA FRANCHISE LAWS
Franchise Registration in South Carolina. There is no state franchise registration required in South Carolina.
Business Opportunity Exemption Registration in South Carolina. The South Carolina Business Opportunity Sales Act is broad enough to cover most business format franchises. South Carolina Code of Laws Section 39-57-20.
There is an exemption for “does not apply to the sale or a marketing program made in conjunction with the licensing of a registered trademark or service mark.” If applicable, this exemption is automatically effective and does not require any filing. South Carolina Code of Laws Section 39-57-20(4).
However, if the franchise does not involve the licensing of a federal or state registered mark, then the franchisor would need to comply with the South Carolina Business Opportunity Sales Act, which requires registration and certain disclosures. The biannual business opportunity registration filing fee is $100. The South Carolina state business opportunity regulator’s web site is here.
Franchise Disclosure in South Carolina. South Carolina has no state franchise disclosure laws. So, there are no special state disclosures required in an FDD used in South Carolina.
Franchise Relationship Law in South Carolina. South Carolina has no state franchise relationship laws for business format franchises.
Please see important information about US federal and state franchise laws here.
We work with start-up and existing franchisors throughout the United States (and internationally). We would be delighted to discuss South Carolina franchise law with you. Please contact us for a free initial consultation about your particular situation.
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