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Average Days to Process Permits Online Original Applications

This information is compiled to show the average turnaround time it takes TTB to process original commodity applications to operate new businesses. This data pertains to the segment of applications which are received through TTB's electronic application system, Permits Online (PONL). The processing times represent the average number of days elapsed from the date the National Revenue Center receives the application through the date that the application is dispositioned (approved to operate, abandoned, denied, or withdrawn). The application review process may include:

  • Initial evaluation of the application for accuracy and completeness,
  • Background checks,
  • Field investigations,
  • Examination of equipment and premises,
  • Legal analysis of proposed operations.

You can log into your Permits Online account at any time to check the status of your application. We suggest that you only call us to inquire about the status of your application if we have exceeded the average application processing times below. The time necessary to process an application varies and typically, applications to operate a production or manufacturing plant take longer to review. These statistics span the previous three months of available data.

MONTH: March 2019 April 2019 May 2019
Type Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications
Alcohol Fuel Plant 69 28 39
Bonded Wine Cellar 148 76 34
Bonded Winery 94 63 67
Brewery 91 79 80
Distilled Spirits Plant 102 84 78
Export Warehouse 193 N/A 456
Firearms Tax Free 268 176 N/A
Importer (Alcohol) 65 43 63
Manufacturer of Cigarette Papers and Tubes N/A N/A N/A
Manufacturer of Tobacco Products 257 N/A 265
Specially Denatured Spirits 80 111 83
Tax Free Alcohol 95 58 133
Tobacco Importer 212 156 66
Volatile Fruit Flavored Concentrate Plant N/A N/A N/A
Wholesaler (Alcohol) 62 45 48

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Page last reviewed: October 25, 2018
Page last update: June 11, 2019
Maintained by: National Revenue Center

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