Temporary Use Permit

The zoning code of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) regulates the type of uses that are allowed to take place on your property. A temporary use is established for a fixed period of time with the intent to discontinue the use at the end of that time. These uses require a Temporary Use Permit.

The Temporary Use Permit application includes 2 separate application forms. Both application forms need to be submitted at the time you apply for your Temporary Use permit. You must apply for the permit 30 days before the date of the event. The application includes:
  • Application 1: the generic temporary use permit application
  • Application 2: These applications, available below, contain requirements specific to your proposed use. Please review the application requirements before applying for your permit. Certain uses are not allowed in all zoning districts and each use must meet certain conditions or standards. (Please see section 151.114)

To apply for a permit, you or your representative are required to come to the Lake County Permit Facility located at 500 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville.

  1. Special Events
  2. Temporary Sales
  3. Temporary Buildings

Applications and Requirements

Additional Important Information: 

  • Special Consideration for Tents:  If you are proposing a tent as a temporary structure you will need to submit a floor plan showing ingress and egress (entrances and exists) and a non-flammable material certificate. This certificate should be available from the tent manufacturer.
  • Private, Non-Commercial Events: Events on a sponsor’s property such as home owners' associations picnics at the subdivision park, corporate picnics on the corporate campus, private weddings at a private residence or subdivision clubhouse, etc., are not considered events of public interest and do not need a temporary use permit. Temporary structures used as part of these events, such as tents, do not require a temporary use permit.
  • Garage Sales: Temporary use permits are not required for garage sales. However, the following conditions apply;
    • no more then 2 garage sales may be conducted per calendar year.
    • no garage sale may be conducted for longer than 3 consecutive days.
    • garage sales are limited to daylight hours.
    • no more than 2 signs, not to exceed 4 square feet and located on the property on which the sale will be held, are allowed.
  • Considering More then 15 Events?: The UDO allows fifteen (15) events per calendar year. Each day is considered a separate event. If you intend to have more than fifteen (15) events, you will need to apply for a Conditional Use Permit in addition to a Temporary Use Permit.

The temporary use permitting process is coordinated by Permit Facility staff. Therefore you will not have to visit other county agencies such as Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) or the Sheriff’s Office. In addition, Permit Facility staff will help you determine if you are required to apply separately for: 

  • a Temporary Food Event Permit from the Health Department when food is to be served.
  • a permit from the Liquor Commission when alcoholic beverages are to be served.
  • Permits issued by agencies such as local fire departments, the IDNR, etc. It may be your responsibility to obtain those approvals.