Welcome to the City of Amherst, Ohio

We welcome you to the City of Amherst, Ohio.  A historic city located just a short distance from Lake Erie, Amherst boasts a population of approximately 12,000 and encompasses seven square miles.  We have wonderful residential districts and excellent schools.  For more on our history and other information see Amherst At A Glance.


City Offices Closed

The offices of the Auditor, Treasurer and Income Tax Department will be closed Wednesday, July 8 through Friday, July 10, 2015.   Normal hours will resume on Monday, July 13th.

Public Hearing on July 13, 2015

A Public Hearing will be held on July 13, 2015 at 7:15 pm in Council chambers, Amherst City Hall, 206 South Main Street.  Public Hearing Notice

North Main Street Bridge over SR 2 will be Closed July 15th

The North Main Street bridge over SR 2 will be closed from July 15th through August 13th.  ODOT will be performing bridge repairs.  Traffic will be detoured during construction.

For the most current summer road construction news visit the Amherst Police Department webpage:


Other projects in the City of Amherst:

Perk Company is continuing the construction of sidewalks for the Safe Routes to School Project located on the east side of South Lake Street from Rivers Edge Drive to Valley Drive. Two way traffic will be maintained with flaggers.

2014 Consumer Confidence Report
The 2014 Consumer Confidence Report containing information about the water purchased from the cities of Lorain and Elyria can be accessed at the following website:  www.amherstohio.org/ccr.   Questions concerning this report should be directed to John Corbin Jr. in the Amherst Water Department at (440) 988-7625.
Swim Lessons Available

Swim lesson times are available for the last session!  Sign up at the Anna Mohr Schmauch pool at Maude Neiding Park every day during the hours of Noon and 7:00 pm.  You do not need to be a member of the pool to sign up for swim lessons.

Lessons are $46 per session per person.  There are two class times available and each class runs for 35 minutes:  10:15 - 10:50 am or 11:00 - 11:35 am.   Sessions are Monday thru Friday on the following dates:

Session IIIJuly 13 - 17&    July 20 - 24

For further information, please call the pool at (440) 988-8523.

Transfer Station Open
The Transfer Station located on Pyle South Amherst Road will be open on each Wednesday and Saturday beginning April 1 through November 28. Hours of operation will be Wednesday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. 
The cost for yard waste disposal for Amherst City residents is $5.00 per cubic yard. Amherst residents should be prepared to show proof of residency.  For more information, please call 440-774-5381.
Automatic Utility Payment Program

This service is available to all utility customers upon the completion and return of an automatic utility payment authorization form.  This form is also available in the utility office.  Automatic payment customers will still receive utility bills at the beginning of the month notifying them of the amount that will be deducted from their designated account on the 10th of each month.  For more information, contact the Utility Department at (440) 988-4224.

Online Payments Available for Tax and Utilities

You can make credit card or ACH payments online for Income Tax and Utilities.   Please follow the links below:

            Income Tax Payment              Utility Payment

Planning and Zoning News

The agenda and minutes for the Planning and Zoning meetings are available on the Planning and Zoning page.  You can view a copy of the Amherst Zoning map  here or on the Planning and Zoning page.

Lorain County Solid Waste Collection Center

The Lorain County Solid Waste District has a  Collection Center at 540 South Abbe Road, Elyria.  The Collection Center is open Monday and Wednesday Noon - 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.  Please visit their webpage for more information on what will be accepted.