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the application through the date that the application is dispositioned (approved to operate, abandoned, denied, or withdrawn).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


May 2019

June 2019

July 2019

Type Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications
Alcohol Fuel Plant 39 43 N/A
Bonded Wine Cellar 34 67 109
Bonded Winery 67 66 61
Brewery 80 85 74
Distilled Spirits Plant 78 68 102
Export Warehouse 456 181 20
Firearms Tax Free N/A N/A N/A
Importer (Alcohol) 63 47 54
Manufacturer of Cigarette Papers and Tubes N/A N/A N/A
Manufacturer of Tobacco Products 265 N/A 1,219
Specially Denatured Spirits 83 87 185
Tax Free Alcohol 133 115 109
Tobacco Importer 66 239 211
Volatile Fruit Flavored Concentrate Plant N/A N/A N/A
Wholesaler (Alcohol) 48 56 51

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Page last reviewed: October 25, 2018
Page last update: August 2, 2019
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