Lake Bluff Elementary School District 65
Administrative offices: 900 North Shore Drive, Suite 220, Lake Bluff
- Lake Bluff Elementary School (K-5) 847-234-9405
350 W. Washington, Lake Bluff
- Lake Bluff Middle School (6-8) 847-234-9407
31 E. Sheridan Pl., Lake Bluff
Lake Forest Consolidated High School District 115
Administrative offices: 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest
- Lake Forest High School 847-234-3600
1285 N. McKinley Rd., 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 Lake County Sheriff’s Office offers a House Watch Program to all residents of unincorporated Lake County. If you will be leaving your home unattended because of vacations, funerals, or other unexpected circumstances, you can call the 911 Center at 847-549-5200 and request that, in your absence, the Highway Patrol Division check on your home. There is no charge for this service.
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 in 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.
Parks and recreation
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:
- West School Park view map
- 3 Baseball/softball diamonds
- Parking Lot
- Knollwood Park view map
- Baseball/softball field
- Two playgrounds
- Basketball court
- Paved walkway
- Sanctuary Park view map
- Soccer/sports field
- Nature walking paths
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
Lake County Forest Preserve District
The Forest Preserve District offers several preserves as well as golf courses. One nearby forest preserve is Independence Grove; call the Forest Preserve District or visit their website for other locations.
- Independence Grove 847-968-3485
16400 W. Buckley Rd., Libertyville
Permits and licensing
Knollwood residents don't pay a municipal vehicle 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:
- Two or fewer garage sales per year
- Parking one commercial vehicle on residential property. The vehicle can not exceed 8 feet in width or 22 feet in length. All commercial vehicles with diesel engines are prohibited, regardless of size.
- Private noncommercial events on a sponsor's property (private parties, weddings, picnics, etc.)
- Temporary signs, such as real estate signs, located on residential property. Temporary signs do, however, need to conform to all setback requirements.
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.
Responsibility for maintenance of roads in the unincorporated area lies with the Township Road District (Shields Township in most of Knollwood; Libertyville Township west of Bayonne Avenue).
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:
- Nuisance complaints
- Allegations of animal cruelty or neglect
- Reports of stray, roaming, or injured animals
- Reports of dangerous, vicious, or biting animals
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.
Knollwood is in the Lake Bluff Mosquito Abatement District. The District has provided the attached information about its methods of mosquito control. Members of the Lake Bluff Mosquito Abatement District board are:
- Christine Letchinger (through 12/2022)
- Jim Sullivan (through 12/2021)
- Robert Hance (through 12/2021)
- Kate O’Connor (through 12/2022)
- Larry McCotter (through 12/2022)