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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.

MONTH:  November 2017  December 2017  January 2018
Type Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications
Alcohol Fuel Plant 27 15 11
Brewery 48 59 61
Bonded Wine Cellar 212 71 45
Bonded Winery 60 62 57
Distilled Spirits Plants 77 70 86
Export Warehouse N/A N/A N/A
Firearms/Ammunition/Tax Free N/A 36 27
Importer (Alcohol) 53 48 50
Mfr Cigarettes Papers and Tubes N/A N/A N/A
Mfr of Tobacco Products 165 489 N/A
Specially Denatured Spirits 48 46 50
Tax Free Alcohol User 36 7 57
Tobacco Importers 148 298 101
Volatile Fruit Concentrate Plant N/A N/A N/A
Wholesaler (Alcohol) 51 50 49


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Page last reviewed: April 25, 2016
Page last update: February 5, 2018
Maintained by: National Revenue Center

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