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.


Ebola Questions

The Lorain County General Health District is working closely with the Ohio Department of Health to keep you informed of available resources addressing the Ebola Virus. You can get information by visiting www.loraincountyhealth.com or calling the office at 440-322-6367.

For additional questions, you may contact the Ohio Department of Health 24/7 hotline at 1-866-800-1404.  Please visit the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information.

Halloween Parade & Costume Contest October 26th

The annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest, sponsored by the Amherst Fire Department, will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014.  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 be held on Thursday, October 30th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.  Residents who wish to hand out candy are asked to turn on their porch lights.

Trick or Treat - Thursday October 30, 2014

Trick or Treat will be held on Thursday, October 30th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.  The Lorain County Community Alliance has recommended  this date to their member cities. This is a change from the normal trick or treat night due to the conflict with many local high school football games and traffic safety issues.  Residents are asked to turn on their porch lights if they wish to participate.

Fall Leaf Pickup Schedule

The City of Amherst will be picking up fall leaves this year beginning November 3, 2014.   Scheduled weeks for leaf pick up are as follows:

Streets NORTH of the Railroad Tracks: November 3  and  November 17
Streets SOUTH of the Railroad Tracks:November 10 and November 24

Leaves must be raked to the tree lawn on the Sunday before the first day of the scheduled pick up week for your area.   Please do not put leaves in the street.
The city WILL NOT pick up bagged leaves, tree limbs or grass clippings.  These items will be collected by your trash collection agency on your regular collection day
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.