Permits Online Tutorial

Part One - What You Need To Know Before You Apply (Distilled Spirits)

What Are Some of the Things We Will Ask You In the Application?

  • Operations to be Conducted – You’ll be asked to indicate which type(s) of DSP operations you will conduct.  You may choose more than one.  Authorized operations include:
    • Distiller: 27 CFR §19.1 defines a distiller as any person who:
      • Produces distilled spirits from any source or substance;
      • Brews or makes mash, wort, or wash fit for distillation or for the production of distilled spirits (other than making or using of mash, wort, or wash in the authorized production of wine or beer, or in the production of vinegar by fermentation);
      • By any process separates alcoholic spirits from any fermented substance; or
      • Making or keeping mash, wort, or wash, has a still in his possession or use.
    • Warehouseman:  A proprietor of a distilled spirits plant who stores distilled spirits in containers having a capacity in excess of one gallon.
    • Processor:  Generally, any person who manufactures, mixes, bottles, or otherwise processes distilled spirits or denatured spirits, or manufactures any article containing denatured spirits.
  • If applying as a Distiller, you must give a description of your production procedures.  Your statement must begin with the treating, mashing, or fermenting of the raw materials and continue through each step of the distilling, purifying and refining process, until production is complete (i.e., through the production gauge).
  • If applying as a Warehouseman, you must describe how you will store bulk spirits, i.e., distilled spirits in a container larger than one gallon.
  • If applying as a Processor, we require that you provide details about the storage of bottled, cased, and packaged spirits, including their location on the premises.
  • Description of the Bonded Premises – This description should include the operations you’re conducting, the size of the plant, construction, use of each building and location of all doors.
  • If you intend to have general premises at your plant, you will need to describe all areas of the plant not covered under your bond.  “General premises” areas can include offices, a lunchroom, restrooms and places for storage of non-alcohol products, such as inventory of unused bottles.
  • Persons Associated with the Business – You have to identify each partner, officer, director, trustee, manager, member, managing member, and sole proprietor, in addition to any stock/interest holder with a stake of 10% or more of the business and any trust or company holding ownership in the company.
  • Equipment – You must list all major equipment, and include details such as serial numbers, capacity, type(s) of still(s) (if applicable), and your intended use for the equipment.
  • Tract of Land – You need to give a written description of each tract of land comprising the plant premises.  Description must be by directions and distances, in feet and inches, with sufficient particularity to enable ready examination of the boundary of the plant premises.    An example is a legal plat, and the description should include the parcel or lot number, if any.
  • Personnel Questionnaires (PQs) – We need information about certain individuals associated with the business.  This information is submitted in Permits Online via a Personnel Questionnaire (PQ), with one PQ for each required person. 

    We’ll need a PQ for everyone associated in the distillery that is one of the following:
    • Stock/interest holder holding 10% or more of the shares
    • Sole proprietor
    • Partner
    • Officer
    • Director
    • Trustee
    • Member, manager, and/or managing member

    Some of the information we require on the PQ is:

    • Place of birth
    • Details regarding the individual’s arrest, criminal, and business history

    If a PQ will be submitted separately from the rest of the application package, you need to submit it before you begin the application process since you’ll need the tracking number assigned to the PQ when you prepare the application package.  This allows us to match the right people up with the application package later on.


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Permits Online makes it easy for you to electronically apply for and update the permit, registration, or notice you need to operate a TTB-regulated business. Once you have registered to use Permits Online, just log in and follow the instructions and prompts for submitting your application package. There is no fee to apply.


Page last reviewed/updated: 06/17/2021