COVID-19 Closures and Service Modifications

Lake County Government is focused on protecting the health and safety of the community and our employees while continuing to deliver services to the greatest extent possible for the people and organizations we serve.  This website will be updated as information becomes available.

March 20, 2020 Update

On Friday, March 20, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a “stay-at-home" order to take effect Saturday evening, March 21 and continue through Tuesday, April 7. The order is in place to protect the health of people in our community and the health care system.

Lake County Government will continue to provide mission-essential functions and services. Operations that involve public safety, public utilities, and waste management will continue uninterrupted. County departments are reachable by phone and email during normal working hours, and are offering online services, drop boxes, and drop off locations. More information can be found at

View Stay at Home Order FAQs

Lake County Government Facility Closures and Service Modifications

19th Judicial Circuit CourtThe Court is only hearing emergency matters at this time. All cases, including trials, have been continued until at least April 14th or later. If you were scheduled for a court appearance or otherwise directed to attend court today, you will not be penalized for your absence provided you call the Circuit Clerk’s Office at 847-377-7888 to receive your new court date. 

The Kids Korner and Law Library are closed. The Court is not performing any marriages or civil unions at this time. Please go to for additional information.

Central Permit Facility: Beginning 3/23/20, the Central Permit Facility will limit public access to its front vestibule for drop-off services only including certain plan submittals, water samples, etc. For the duration of the Illinois Governor’s Executive Order, only certain permit types (limited to “critical trades”) are permitted in the State; the CPF Departments will be accepting drop-offs and issuing permits for only those project types allowed by the Executive Order. On-line applications will continue to be accepted. 

Apply for permits online: For information about allowed permit types, please contact Planning, Building and Development at 847-377-2600; Stormwater Management Commission at 847-377-7700 and Lake County Environmental Health at 847-377-8020.

Chief County Assessment Office: Public counter is closed. Please email for the fastest response time, or call 847-377-2050. 

Clerk of the Circuit Court: Open to the public and providing copies, assistance with e-filing and conventional filing needs. Payments are being accepted for traffic fines/fees, criminal fines/fees, and court-ordered child support. Passport services currently suspended. or call 847-377-3380

County Clerk’s Office: Public counter is closed. To request records or services, call 847-377-2400 from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. M-F.

Division of Transportation: Buildings will be closed to public access starting 3/18/20, however, all services will still be continued via drop boxes, drop off locations and e-services. or call 847-377-7400

Forest Preserves: All facilities, restrooms. Playgrounds and dog exercise areas are closed until further notice. For more information, visit

Health Department: Community Health Centers remain open to care for patients during this time, and modifications have been made to protect the health and safety of all patients and staff.

Job Center: Office is closed to the public for in-person visits, but can assist you remotely with your job search and career transition. Email or call 847-377-3450.

Public Works: Water and sewer operations will continue as normal; however, public facing counters are currently closed. Drop-boxes are available for customers to pay water bills.

Recorder of Deeds: Office closed to the public. Please postpone recording documents that are not time-sensitive. If documents must be recorded, documents can be mailed in or placed in the drop box on the 6th floor of the County building by 3 p.m., M-F. Call 847-377-2575 or email for assistance.

Sheriff’s Office: The Sheriff’s Office is scaling back non-essential responsibilities and community events, which will not impact public safety, including: Evictions, Explorer Program, Fingerprinting, Internship Program, Jail/Department Tours, and Ride-alongs. 

The Sheriff’s Office has established a new online system for reporting non-emergency incidents. If you live in an unincorporated area or a village where the sheriff’s office provides police services, please visit the online portal at and click on ’Make An Online Report’. After submitting your non-emergency incident report, a deputy will contact you within 24-48 hours.  

Treasurer’s Office: Closed to the public. Online services are available at

Meeting Cancellations

  • Lake County is considering the cancellations of upcoming public meetings, including Lake County Board Committee meetings.
  • The National Weather Service severe weather spotter course on March 31 at Vernon Hills High School has been canceled.

Other Closures

College of Lake County: Campuses are closed through April 12. More information.

Illinois Restaurants & Bars: Closed beginning 9 p.m. March 16 - March 30 to all dine-in customers. Drive-through, delivery and curbside pickup is still permitted.

Illinois Schools K-12: Closed through March 30.

Park Districts, Libraries & Other Government Agencies: Many have announced closures. Check with your local agency before visiting.

Video Gaming Establishments & Casinos: All video game operations and video game establishments and gambling operations at casinos has been suspended by the Governor.

More Information

Lake County and the Health Department are closely monitoring the fast-changing outbreak of COVID-19 and will continue to post updates at Residents are also encouraged to sign up for the Lake County Health Department’s COVID-19 newsletter.

For general questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email