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the application through the date that the application is dispositioned (approved to operate, abandoned, denied, or withdrawn).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


December 2019

January 2020

February 2020


Avg Days to Process PONL Applications

Avg Days to Process PONL Applications

Avg Days to Process PONL Applications

Alcohol Fuel Plant

N/A 31 83

Bonded Wine Cellar

84 64 64

Bonded Winery

59 68 79


83 75 83

Distilled Spirits Plant

93 114 119

Export Warehouse

N/A N/A 188

Firearms Tax Free

297 279 441

Importer (Alcohol)

29 30 62

Manufacturer of Cigarette Papers and Tubes


Manufacturer of Tobacco Products

407 368 836

Specially Denatured Spirits

123 21 89

Tax Free Alcohol

80 9 224

Tobacco Importer

133 307 473

Volatile Fruit Flavored Concentrate Plant


Wholesaler (Alcohol)

26 29 55


Related Information

Page last reviewed: October 25, 2018
Page last update: March 17, 2020 
Maintained by: National Revenue Center