Special Event Permits

A permit to temporarily close any portion of a county highway for any public purpose.


Includes permits for the following:

  • Parades
  • Races
  • Festival
  • Marathons
  • Filming for a movie, commercial, or documentary

Application Fees, other Fees, and Fines

  • Special Event Permit* - $50
  • The application must be submitted a minimum of 30 days prior to the planned event.
  • The applicant must have approvals form other agencies having jurisdiction of non-County Highways on either the course route, detour, or closure.
  • The permittee shall be responsible for cleaning and maintaining the right-of-way of the County Highway, including removal of all trash and debris at the conclusion of the event. Sewers, drains and pavement surface shall be kept free of debris, trash, and other extraneous materials. The permittee may be billed for costs of debris or trash removal if not completed at the conclusion of the event.


Review Cost - Permit types marked with an (*) asterisk may require additional pass-through consultant review and observation costs. Permit fees that include a base fee plus other costs must be discussed with the Permit Staff to determine the total fee.

Fees for Local Government Agencies – A permit is required for all work within the County right-of-way, including work performed or sponsored by a local government agency. Application fees will be waived for a permit for a local government agency when the work is to repair or update existing utilities or facilities or when the work is done under a local government agency contract. Application fees will be charged when the work is for the promotion of future development and for which the work is being performed by the developer and not under a local government agency contract. The waiver of the Application Fee will be at the discretion of the County Engineer.

Fines - In addition to the permit application fee, a fine will be assessed when work, event or activity within the County right-of-way requiring a permit has commenced without a permit. The amount of the fine will be as specified in Section 56.033 of the Will County Code of Ordinances.  Failure to pay a fine will bring about legal action and/or a draw against the associated letter of credit.

Applicants should use caution in interpreting the information herein above. The Applicant shall not assume that a permit is not required if there is no fee or if the fee is waived by the County Engineer. Any questions should be addressed to the Permit Section Staff.