Use of County Facilities

Guidelines for Lake County Public Buildings & Grounds
Information for the Public
 To use County government facilities or post materials, please submit a Facility Use Request Form, and review these guidelines.
Activities, Events & Occasional Uses in Public Spaces
These guidelines cover properties under the jurisdiction of the County Board, including:
  • Main lobby of the Lake County Court and Administrative Complex (includes space north of half wall that displays board members’ pictures located southeast of information desk)
  • County Café
  • Lincoln Plaza- This is the designated public area for cultural, educational, and civic activities.
  • Division of Transportation (lobby and large meeting/conference rooms)
  • Central Permit Facility (lobby and large meeting/conference rooms)
  • County Board Room and other conference rooms on the 10th floor of the Lake County Court and Administrative Complex tower
  • (Excludes: Health Department; 19th Judicial Circuit; Inside the offices of departments and elected officials)
Acknowledged Users
  • Lake County government agencies/department, and elected officials
  • Lake County partner agencies that Lake County allocates funds, or where a legitimate partnership or logical nexus to Lake County government exists
  • Cultural, educational, and civic groups (limited to designated locations, as described below)
Acceptable Uses
  • County department sponsored meetings/activities that promote county services/programs, and charitable activities where there is legitimate partnership, natural affinity, or logical nexus to Lake County government and the charitable organization or activity
  • Meetings, assemblies, rallies of community and/or civic groups to be conducted in Lincoln Plaza.
  • Cultural, educational, and civic activities in designated locations
Lincoln Plaza
Per the ordinance governing Lake County Public Buildings and Grounds, the building manager shall designate locations within the county buildings as designated public areas where cultural, educational, and civic activities may be permitted. Lincoln Plaza is the designated public area for these uses.

A permit must be granted by the building manager, prior to use. Permit request forms are available in the Lake County Facilities department, located in the basement of the Lake County Court and Administrative Complex. Lake County will review the request to ensure consistency with the ordinance, and ensure the activity does not obstruct the flow of traffic; does not disrupt official county business, including noise and other disruptions; or, disrupt public access to the county's agencies, departments, and services.

Any applicant failing to comply with the policy or the ordinance, including but not limited to disrupting government or court business can be subject to immediate cancellation of its permit by the building manager, as provided in the ordinance.

Requests for Posting Materials
The Lake County Communications Division is responsible for coordinating and approving requests for posting of materials in the main courthouse lobby and other public spaces. 

Submit requests for posting/distribution of materials to:
Communications Division, 18 N County Street, 9th Floor Waukegan, IL 60085
Email or call 847-377-2500

Management reserves the right to determine length of time for posting of materials, size of materials, and appropriate content. Requests will be considered based on the following guidelines:

Acknowledged Users
  • Lake County government agencies/department, and elected officials
  • Lake County partner agencies that Lake County allocates funds, or where a legitimate partnership or logical nexus to Lake County government exists
Acceptable Uses
  • Bulletin boards and materials/signs on easels, tables in main lobby
  • Materials/signs on easels, tables in cafeteria
  • Promotion of fundraising activities, cultural, civic, educational or special events by acknowledged users
  • Commercial solicitations are prohibited.
Large Display in Main Lobby
  • Promotion of Lake County services and programs only