Friday, March 18, 2011

TTB Permits Online - On the Road to More Efficient Federal Filings

The TTB's new online permit system is now active and available for use. Although “Permits Online” is currently only available for New Winery Operations applications (Bonded Winery, Bonded Wine Cellar, Tax-Paid Bottling House) and New Wholesaler/Importer applications, TTB anticipates that the system will soon be available to accommodate amendments to existing permits and registrations.  And within the next year, TTB anticipates that Permits Online will be available for all applicants, including those related to distilled spirits and brewery operations.

The Permits Online system should hopefully expedite the TTB application process and does allow for better tracking of TTB applications once filed.  Although original “paper” submissions are still required for some documents (such as bonds, consents of surety and powers of attorney), the new system should greatly reduce the amount of paperwork typically submitted to TTB for federal permits.  DP&F is also actively working with the TTB to provide suggestions and comments regarding the efficiency and effectiveness of the system.

The link to TTB's new online permit system homepage is:

For assistance with TTB applications (whether online or in the traditional format), or more information about Permits Online, please contact Bahaneh Hobel at  

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for an informative blog. I've found it very helpful. However, I have to point out that the TTB permits online has done nothing to streamline the permitting process. Having filed my wholesaler basic permit app 4 weeks ago I just discovered through a phone call to the TTB that the person to whom my app was assigned has been on leave for the last 3.5 weeks. It didn't occur to her supervisor to reassign the application to another agent. So I will probably have to carry yet another month of overhead and rent while I wait for the governments permission to do business. An internet bureaucracy is still a bureaucracy. Online filing has only increased the speed at which frustration reaches the end user.