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the application through the date that the application is dispositioned (approved to operate, abandoned, denied, or withdrawn).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: December 2020 January 2021 February 2021
Type Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications Avg Days to Process PONL Applications
Alcohol Fuel Plant 12 29 30
Bonded Wine Cellar 37 51 47
Bonded Winery 41 88 41
Brewery 49 37 47
Distilled Spirits Plant 83 71 63
Export Warehouse 53 80 N/A
Firearms Tax Free 41 23 10
Importer (Alcohol) 18 40 26
Manufacturer of Cigarette Papers and Tubes N/A N/A N/A
Manufacturer of Tobacco Products 127 652 230
Specially Denatured Spirits 47 27 24
Tax Free Alcohol 41 18 34
Tobacco Importer 150 277 101
Volatile Fruit Flavored Concentrate Plant N/A N/A N/A
Wholesaler (Alcohol) 22 19 29


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Page last reviewed: October 25, 2018
Page last update: February 18, 2021 
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