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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the application through the date that the application is dispositioned (approved to operate, abandoned, denied, or withdrawn).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:  August 2018  September 2018  October 2018
Type Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications
Alcohol Fuel Plant 39 44 42
Brewery 72 82 80
Bonded Wine Cellar 32 80 76
Bonded Winery 64 82 76
Distilled Spirits Plants 63 79 70
Export Warehouse N/A N/A N/A
Firearms/Ammunition/Tax Free N/A 74 123
Importer (Alcohol) 52 55 69
Mfr Cigarettes Papers and Tubes N/A N/A N/A
Mfr of Tobacco Products 185 250 197
Specially Denatured Spirits 52 52 88
Tax Free Alcohol User 62 62 47
Tobacco Importers 93 263 72
Volatile Fruit Concentrate Plant N/A N/A N/A
Wholesaler (Alcohol) 51 57 63

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Page last reviewed: October 25, 2018
Page last update: November 15, 2018
Maintained by: National Revenue Center

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