National Revenue Center (NRC)

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.




September 2016  

October 2016

November 2016

Type Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications
Alcohol Fuel Plant 85.71 99.00 45.40
Brewery 165.72 147.99 178.51
Bonded Wine Cellar 207.00 118.00 62.00
Bonded Winery 154.12 157.00 162.89
Distilled Spirits Plants 166.97 195.34 185.22
Export Warehouse N/A N/A N/A
Firearms/Ammunition/Tax Free 30.50 195.50 33.50
Importer (Alcohol) 83.75 72.14 79.30
Mfr Cigarettes Papers and Tubes N/A N/A N/A
Mfr of Processed Tobacco N/A N/A N/A
Mfr of Tobacco Products 128.00 N/A N/A
Specially Denatured Spirits 102.80 113.31 66.60
Tax Free Alcohol User 224.50 114.50 115.50
Tobacco Importers 244.10 166.20 239.63
Volatile Fruit Concentrate Plant N/A N/A N/A
Wholesaler (Alcohol) 84.52 80.99 78.80



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Page last update: January 23, 2017
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