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Days to Process Permits Online Original Applications

This information is compiled to show the average turnaround time it takes TTB to process 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 average number of days to process represents the average number of days elapsed from the date the National Revenue Center receives the application through the date that the applicant is approved to operate. The approval process may include:

  • Initial evaluation of the application for 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. These statistics span the previous three months of available data.

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MONTH:  April 2018  May 2018  June 2018
Type Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications
Alcohol Fuel Plant 41 26 26
Brewery 63 63 74
Bonded Wine Cellar 24 55 23
Bonded Winery 57 50 62
Distilled Spirits Plants 73 63 76
Export Warehouse N/A N/A N/A
Firearms/Ammunition/Tax Free N/A 95 N/A
Importer (Alcohol) 66 65 62
Mfr Cigarettes Papers and Tubes N/A N/A N/A
Mfr of Tobacco Products 160 N/A 163
Specially Denatured Spirits 38 34 43
Tax Free Alcohol User 34 57 62
Tobacco Importers N/A 168 78
Volatile Fruit Concentrate Plant N/A N/A N/A
Wholesaler (Alcohol) 65 64 61


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Page last update: October 10, 2018
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