State Overview state laws
Federal laws allow citizens the right to own a still for non-alcohol use. Legally you can own and be in posession of a still as long as you do not use it in the production of spirits. This means legally you can: Own or be in posession of a still. Distill water Produce essential oils or other non-alcohol liquids Fuel production is legal federally with the correct licenses. Each state and even counties have their own laws that may supersede federal laws.
Fuel manufacturing state laws
A federal license needs to be requested though the TTB. A basic license is available that is inexpensive and allows up to 10,000 gallons to be manufactured each year.
Legal manufacturing licenses & regulations
Licenses are available though the TTB but your state and county laws will be the limiting factor.
There are several licenses you need to request to legally manufacture spirits. Below are the federal licenses only. Additional state requirements will need to be followed as well.
You must submit a request for a license to manufacture spirits: TTB 5110.41 Basic permit.
This license only allows you to produce spirits. You also need a license for the distilling equipment / distillery: TTB 5100.24 Distilled spirit plant
For manufacturing ethanol fuel you will need to submit a request for a TTB 5110.74 for a federal license.
Posession stills & moonshine
Current federal laws allow citizens the right to own a still and operate it for non-alcohol production.
This means legally you can:
Each state and even counties have their own laws that may supersede federal laws.
It is your responsibility to know the laws in your area.