New York Extends Franchise Renewal Deadlines In Response to COVID-19 Crisis

The New York Attorney General Office’s Department of Law (the “Department”) is the latest of the franchise registration states to announce an extension to franchise registration renewal deadlines in response to the public health emergency created by the coronavirus. In so doing, New York joins the states of California, Maryland, and Virginia.

According to a March 24, 2020 release from the Department, franchise companies whose registrations are scheduled to expire on April 30, 2020 will now have an additional 90 days to file an application for renewal and have it be considered timely. As a result, franchisors with a December 31 fiscal year end will be able to file renewal applications there until July 29, 2020. Further, the announcement notifies franchise filers that in addition to submitting paper and/or CD filings, franchisors must now also submit a copy of their filing via email to IPBFRANCHISE@AG.NY.GOV.

As is the case with each of the other states that have announced COVID-19-based extensions, the extended period in New York will not serve to extend registrations, which will still expire on April 30, 2020 unless they are renewed before then. A franchisor may be able to offer (but not sell) franchises in New York until the Department reviews its franchise renewal application and informs the franchisor that the filing has been accepted.

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