Submitting the HUBZone Application

The processing of an application may take between 90 to 160 days.

Process Timeline

Approximate timeline for each processing step:

  1. Supporting documentation may take 7 - 14 days to be delivered to SBA by the applicant after SBA sends the request.
  2. Once the documents are received it may take 20 to 40 days to assign for processing.
  3. After assignment, this step may take between 30 to 60 days to be completed before it goes for a 2nd level review.
  4. 2nd level review may take an additional 30 to 60 days.
  5. The final step to issue the final determination, may take 10 to 20 days.

The application guide (PDF) is a valuable tool for businesses wanting to know what the online application will require. Applicants may also view a 40 minute recorded demonstration to give them a sense of the steps they will go through in completing the HUBZone online application.

The SBA provides applicants to send the supporting documentation via the SBA cloud in order to further streamline the processing of an application, view instructions (PDF).