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Knollwood is an appealing place to live because it has many of the amenities of the North Shore, but it's more relaxed and diverse - and carries a more manageable price tag.
Administrative offices: 900 North Shore Drive, Suite 220, Lake Bluff
Administrative offices: 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest
EMERGENCY (Fire/Police) 911
FIRE (Non-emergency) 847-234-2161
POLICE (Non-emergency) 847-549-5200
Knollwood receives police protection through the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff's office provides emergency response and a basic level of patrol, along with several other services for unincorporated residents.
The Community Services Team provides many community services. The main goal of this division is to educate the public in ways individuals can help prevent crime and cooperate with law enforcement. Programs available to help reduce criminal victimization and improve the quality of life of residents include Neighborhood Watch, home security surveys, the ROUK ("Are you OK?") personal wellness checks for the elderly and homebound, and more. Contact the Crime Prevention Division at 847-377-4211 to learn more about any of these services.
Knollwood is part of the Rockland Fire Protection District, which is served by the Knollwood Fire Department. This volunteer department, many of whose members are professional firefighters in other communities, works in conjunction with the fire departments in surrounding communities to give Knollwood residents complete and fast emergency response.
The Knollwood Fire Department welcomes new volunteers. If you are interested in firefighting, contact the department at 847-234-2161 or go to www.knollwoodfire.com.
The Fire Department holds an annual Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station at 14 Skokie Highway, usually in late April or early May. This event serves as both a fundraiser and an opportunity for socializing with neighbors.
Knollwood does not have municipal garbage pickup; residents contract independently for refuse service with one of the carriers that serve the area. These carriers also provide curbside recycling and yard waste pickup.
Disposal of chemicals, electronics, and other special materials is coordinated by the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO). They hold special collection days for dropoff of household chemical waste, and they can refer you to the appropriate agency or company for disposal of many different kinds of household items. See SWALCO’s website for more information.
Most of Knollwood is not in a library district - that means we don't pay taxes to any library and don't automatically receive library cards. We can, however, purchase library cards from the Lake Bluff Public Library for a fee equivalent to what Lake Bluff residents pay through their taxes (the library's tax rate multiplied by the assessed value of the resident’s property). This card must be paid for and renewed annually and can be used at most libraries in the state. Call or visit the library to find out your fee.
Those who reside in the far northwestern part of Knollwood (in Libertyville Township) can apply for a card at Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville, as their taxes support this facility.
The Lake Bluff Park District provides many recreational and fitness opportunities for Knollwood residents, including a public swimming pool, a golf course, a health and fitness center, free access to Sunrise Beach on Lake Michigan, many neighborhood parks, and a wide array of recreational programming.
There are three parks convenient to Knollwood residents:
See the Park District's website for information on their many other facilities and offerings. Most of Knollwood is in the park district's boundaries and pays resident rates for programs and facilities. Check with the Park District about your specific location.
Lake Bluff Park District
355 W. Washington Ave., Lake Bluff
The Forest Preserve District offers several preserves as well as golf courses and a museum. One nearby forest preserve is Independence Grove; call the Forest Preserve District or visit their website for other locations.
Knollwood residents don't pay a municipal tax and do not need a vehicle sticker.
Building permits are required for new construction, additions, alterations, garages, sheds, fences, signs, plumbing or electrical work, etc. See the Lake County Planning, Building, and Development website for information.
You do not need a permit to conduct these activities on your property:
If you are unsure whether your project or activity requires a permit, please call the County at 847-377-2600.
Lake County ordinances require that dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies and be licensed. Pets must wear their current ID tag. See the Lake County Health Department's website for more information.
Each township road district's Highway Commissioner is responsible for repairing and maintaining the road surfaces as well as maintaining ditches and drainage, and providing snow removal.
For a road question or concern in Shields Township, call 847-234-0888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a road question or concern in Libertyville Township, call 847-362-3350 or email email@example.com.
The Lake County Health Department's Animal Care and Control program (AC&C) is designed to prevent the spread of rabies through vaccinations and education, support a database of registered dogs and cats, and maintain a lost and found network. AC&C staff are responsible for enforcing county ordinances and state laws pertaining to animal-related complaints. The program staff investigates:
In an effort to help control the unwanted pet population, the AC&C program provides spay and neuter assistance to low-income residents of Lake County. For more information on any animal control issue, call 847-949-9925 or visit the AC&C website.
The Lake County Clerk's office is responsible for administering elections and maintaining voter registration records. If you move to Knollwood from elsewhere in Lake County, you must notify the County Clerk's office of your change in address.
You may register as a new voter in Lake County at the Clerk's office in Waukegan or through any certified voter registrar. To find a local registrar, contact the League of Women Voters of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Area (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Knollwood Neighbors (email@example.com or 847-701-5665).
See the Lake County Clerk's website for information on election dates, voting locations, and candidates.