Special Event Permit

SPECIAL COVID-19 NOTICE In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic and to ensure compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order, The City of Lake Forest will not be issuing special events permits for special events or public gatherings that exceed public health guidelines under the Restore Illinois Plan.  The City will only issue special event permits for events and activities that comply with the Governor's Phase 4 guidelines for public gatherings and festivals under Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.  View below for more information:

City Officials will continue to monitor updates from the Governor's Office and Illinois Department of Public Health regarding these activities, and will further evaluate protocols for Public Gatherings or Community Events as they become available. For the most current status on the COVID-19 Pandemic,  Stay-at-Home Order, and Governor J.B. Pritzker's Restore Illinois Plan, please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health Website https://www.dph.illinois.gov/restore

A Special Event application is required when a community event is located in whole or in part on public property (or on private property within the City when it may have a direct effect upon public property, traffic flow or public health or safety, and which may require the use of special City services).

Requested dates, times, and locations are considered on a first-come, first-served basis, pending staff (and in some instances, City Council) review, recommendations and approval.  Additional permits may also be required to secure the event.  To view a copy of the City's Special Event Policy, please click here.

Applications can be obtained at the Community Development Department, 800 N. Field Drive, between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The completed application must be submitted to the Department no later than ninety (90) days prior to the event. For additional information, please contact the Community Development Department at 847.234.2600

Special Event Permit ApplicationAdditional permits may be required per the Guidelines listed in the Special Event Permit Application above. 

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