Build a KOA Campground

Building a campground can be a daunting experience. Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA) has designed, developed and operated campgrounds in North America for almost 60 years, and we continue to grow the size and strength of the KOA franchise system. Partnering with KOA to design your campground ensures that your new facility is built to best-in-class specifications, offering the amenities and services the new generation of campers expect.

KOA New Construction Process

If you are looking to build a campground, the new construction process consists of the following:

  1. 1.

    Local approval

  2. 2.

    Complete and submit application for KOA Review, along with $30,000 franchise fee (see what’s included in the franchise fee below.

  3. 3.

    Property visit. Upon acceptance of your application, KOA will visit your property and develop a facility design and branding plan.

  4. 4.

    Execute franchise contract. Welcome to the KOA Family of Campgrounds!

  1. 5.

    KOA Training at KOA-U. A five-day training program to introduce you to KOA staff and KOA tools.

  2. 6.

    New Owner checklist. Complete property updates, branding and signage in preparation of opening as a KOA.

  3. 7.

    Opening Day. This is the day you’ve been waiting for! You are now officially a KOA campground.

  4. 8.

    Ongoing support from a KOA Business Development Consultant.

New Construction Requirements

Initial Franchise Fee*: $30,000


  • Technical services consulting and campground design assistance
  • KOA sign package
  • Training for up to two people at our KOA University in Billings, MT
  • On-site training by a KOA Business Development Consultant
  • K2, KOA’s proprietary management software for registrations and reservations

Additional Fees:

Annual Administration Fee: $1,750
Royalty Fee: 8% of camping registration revenue
Advertising Fee: 2% of site registration revenue

KOA franchise fees are based solely upon site registration revenue. No fees are paid on store sales, propane, food service, etc.

New Construction Guidelines:

Net Worth: $1,000,000
Liquid Assets: $500,000
Initial Development: 75 RV sites and 90 total sites required for start-up
Average Cost: $2,250,000 – $4,000,000

Average cost excludes land and does not include additional site costs such as engineering and permitting fees. The information above is based on historical data and certain assumptions. While our estimated costs are realistic, actual costs may vary greatly. They are offered only as a starting point to evaluate the feasibility of building a new KOA campground. We urge you to investigate and make your own determination as to your project costs and feasibility before beginning any construction.

KOA does not purchase land, finance campground construction or build the campground for you.

KOA Buyer’s Workshop, October 23 and 24, 2022, Nashville KOA Resort

Other Ways to Own a KOA


Convert an existing campground or RV park to a KOA. Franchising is a great way to get into high value campground ownership with world-class support from KOA.

Buy a KOA

Purchasing an existing KOA campground is often the fastest and least expensive way to join the KOA Family of Campgrounds. Let us connect you with KOA owners interested in selling.

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