Improved Business Qualification/Permitting Process
Growth in the alcohol beverage industry in recent years increased the volume of permit applications for new alcohol producers. This growth in workload has contributed to delayed permit approvals by TTB – peaking at roughly 120 days in Fiscal Year 2016 – so that new businesses had to wait months to begin producing and selling their products while having already made significant investments in their operations.
TTB reviewed its current permit approval processes, applications, and online systems and, in line with the Administration's regulatory reform agenda, focused on streamlining the permit application process for prospective industry members.
TTB established a priority goal to reduce average approval times for alcohol and tobacco business permits by at least 20 percent (from 96 days to 75 days) and achieve the 75-day standard for 85 percent of applicants by September 30, 2019.
The Department of the Treasury identified this as an agency priority goal for fiscal years 2018-2019. TTB achieved the first prong of its priority goal target in FY 2019, reducing average permit times to 75 days; however, due to significant backlogs and processing delays caused by the government shutdown, TTB only achieved its service standard for 58 percent of applicants. As a result, TTB extended the target date for this second prong of its priority goal to September 30, 2020.
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