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.


Construction Updates and Road Closures

August 24 through late October:  Road construction for Cooper Foster Park Rd. west of Oakpoint / North Lake Street will begin on Monday, August 24th and continue into late October. Local traffic will be maintained with through traffic being detoured.

August 27:  Route 58 from Cleveland Avenue north to Cooper Foster Park Road.   Resurfacing will take place between the hours of 9:00 pm and 6:00 am.  Traffic will be maintained with lane closures as necessary.

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


Halloween Parade & Costume Contest October 31st

The annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest, sponsored by the Amherst Fire Department, will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2015.  Registration for the costume contest will begin at 3:00 pm at the San Spring Building, 480 Park Avenue.  Judging will start promptly at 4:00 pm with the parade to follow immediately thereafter.  In the event of inclement weather, the costume contest will be held at the Amherst Fire Station located at 414 Church Street.

Trick or Treat will also be held on Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.  Please remember to wear light colored or reflective clothing and have the proper adult supervision.  Residents who wish to hand out candy are asked to turn on their porch lights.

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.

Amherst Codified Ordinances

The Codified Ordinances for the City of Amherst and other communities can be accessed on the web at www.conwaygreene.comAgendas and Minutes for Amherst City Council can be viewed on the City Council page. 

2014 Amherst Image Book

 The new Amherst Image Book showcasing our beautiful city can be viewed online.