Yes. If the Applicant is operating under a franchise or similar agreement that meets the Federal Trade Commission definition of a franchise in 16 CFR 436, the franchise must be listed on the SBA Franchise Directory with a franchise identifier code to ensure the franchise is eligible under SBA’s other eligibility criteria (e.g., 13 CFR § 120.110).
The SBA Franchise Directory is located here: SBA Franchise Directory
If the franchise directory notes that an addendum is needed (either SBA Form 2462, “Addendum to Franchise Agreement,” or an SBA Negotiated Addendum), the Applicant must include the addendum with its application upload.
For brands not listed on the Directory (including brands that have previously been denied listing on the Directory because of affiliation issues), the franchisor must submit the Franchise Disclosure Document (or other agreement) and all other documents a franchisee is required to sign to firstname.lastname@example.org for review of SBA’s other eligibility criteria (e.g., 13 CFR § 120.110).