A state member bank must file an application for prior Federal Reserve approval under section 208.6 of Regulation H to establish a new branch facility.1
The bank must publish notice of the application in a newspaper serving the area surrounding the main office and the area surrounding the proposed branch location. The Reserve Bank cannot consider an application received unless the applicant has published. The bank must provide tear copies of the notice of publication at the time of filing and provide an original proof of publication once received.
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Publication — The following is a sample notice:
Notice of Application
(to establish a branch)
(Name and address of applicant)
Intends to apply to the Federal Reserve System for permission to establish a branch office at (location of proposed branch). The Federal Reserve System considers a number of factors in deciding whether to approve the application, including the record of performance of banks in helping to meet local credit needs.
You are invited to submit comments on this application, in writing, to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Ten Independence Mall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106. The comment period will not end before (date – must be no less than 15 days from the date of publication of the notice), and may be somewhat longer. The Federal Reserve Board’s Policy Statement regarding notice of applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. 262.25. To obtain a copy of the Federal Reserve Board’s procedures, or if you need more information about how to submit your comments on application, contact the Applications Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Mr. H. Robert Tillman, Assistant Vice President, at 215-574-4155. The Federal Reserve System will consider your comments and any request for a hearing on the application if they are received by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on or before the last date of the comment period.
The application should be submitted in the form of a letter that includes a detailed description of the proposed branch. A copy of the application filed with the bank’s State regulatory agency will suffice in this regard. A copy of the affidavit of publication also must be included with the letter.
For branch proposals processed on an expedited basis, the Federal Reserve would act by the fifth business day after the expiration of the public comment period.2 For other branch proposals, the Federal Reserve normally acts within 30 or 60 calendar days after receipt, unless the Federal Reserve notifies the applicant that the processing period is being extended.
For branch proposals, the Federal Reserve considers the factors in section 208.6(b) of Regulation H.
Branch proposals may be consummated immediately.3 Authority to establish a branch would expire twelve months from the earliest date on which the branch could have been established unless extended by the Federal Reserve.