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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the application through the date that the application is dispositioned (approved to operate, abandoned, denied, or withdrawn).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.

* The average processing times shown for January 2019 could be higher than normal or "N/A" because of the Government shutdown due to a lapse in funding from December 22, 2018 - January 25, 2019.
MONTH: November 2018 December 2018 January 2019
Type Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications
Alcohol Fuel Plant 19 42 143
Brewery 86 83 105
Bonded Wine Cellar 85 92 94
Bonded Winery 85 79 94
Distilled Spirits Plants 71 88 142
Export Warehouse N/A 299 N/A
Firearms/Ammunition/Tax Free 17 132 N/A
Importer (Alcohol) 69 73 79
Mfr Cigarettes Papers and Tubes N/A N/A N/A
Mfr of Tobacco Products 255 N/A N/A
Specially Denatured Spirits 55 66 66
Tax Free Alcohol User 66 66 66
Tobacco Importers 72 82 N/A
Volatile Fruit Concentrate Plant N/A N/A N/A
Wholesaler (Alcohol) 73 71 107

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Page last reviewed: October 25, 2018
Page last update: February 21, 2019
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