There are no hard and fast rules about how much capital or money a franchisor is required to have in the bank. If a franchisor has limited amounts of funds in the bank, a state may require the franchisor to include a risk factor on the state cover sheet of the franchise disclosure document [FDD]. For new franchisors or franchisors that have limited amount of funds, a state may require a franchisor to defer initial franchise fees, initial escrow fees, or secure a bond.
Based on a new policy, California is requiring Franchisors to have additional capital.
However, based on recent comment letters and conversations with the examiners in California, California requires something new. Based on a new policy, California requires Franchisors to have additional capital. The amount required is still convoluted. However, when registering in California, franchisor should plan on having an amount equal to the initial franchise fee in the bank. Without sufficient funds in the bank, the state of California may refuse the franchise registration application.