Improved Business Qualification/Permitting Process
Ongoing growth in the alcohol beverage industry in recent years has resulted in an increased volume in permit applications for new alcohol producers. This growth in workload has contributed to delayed permit approvals by TTB – reaching an average of 200 days in Fiscal Year 2016 – so that new businesses were waiting for months to begin producing and selling their products while having already made significant investments in their operations. TTB has reviewed its current permit approval processes, applications, and online systems and, in line with the Administration's regulatory reform agenda, will be focused on streamlining the permit application process for prospective industry members.TTB's priority goal is 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 has identified this as an agency priority goal. For more information, including quarterly progress reports, visit Performance.gov.