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the application through the date that the application is dispositioned (approved to operate, abandoned, denied, or withdrawn).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 2019 September 2019 October 2019
Type Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications
Alcohol Fuel Plant 47 41 53
Bonded Wine Cellar 73 66 82
Bonded Winery 68 70 64
Brewery 107 104 99
Distilled Spirits Plant 88 86 86
Export Warehouse 1,065 408 N/A
Firearms Tax Free N/A N/A N/A
Importer (Alcohol) 60 42 29
Manufacturer of Cigarette Papers and Tubes N/A N/A N/A
Manufacturer of Tobacco Products 1,046 1,181 252
Specially Denatured Spirits 123 51 92
Tax Free Alcohol 176 132 61
Tobacco Importer 649 129 124
Volatile Fruit Flavored Concentrate Plant N/A N/A N/A
Wholesaler (Alcohol) 65 46 34


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Page last reviewed: October 25, 2018
Page last update: November 12, 2019
Maintained by: National Revenue Center