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the application through the date that the application is dispositioned (approved to operate, abandoned, denied, or withdrawn).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


July 2019

August 2019

September 2019


Avg Days to Process PONL Applications

Avg Days to Process PONL Applications

Avg Days to Process PONL Applications

Alcohol Fuel Plant N/A 47 41
Bonded Wine Cellar 109 73 66
Bonded Winery 61 68 70
Brewery 74 107 104
Distilled Spirits Plant 102 88 86
Export Warehouse 20 1,065 408
Firearms Tax Free N/A N/A N/A
Importer (Alcohol) 54 60 42
Manufacturer of Cigarette Papers and Tubes N/A N/A N/A
Manufacturer of Tobacco Products 1,219 1,046 1,181
Specially Denatured Spirits 185 123 51
Tax Free Alcohol 109 176 132
Tobacco Importer 211 649 129
Volatile Fruit Flavored Concentrate Plant N/A N/A N/A
Wholesaler (Alcohol) 51 65 46


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Page last reviewed: October 25, 2018
Page last update: October 3, 2019
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