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.


Lorain County Public Emergency Notification System

Mr. Tom Kelley, Director of The Lorain County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, has released the sign-up information for the County’s newly-launched Public Emergency Notification System.  In the event of an emergency, an alert can then be sent to the phone numbers and email addresses that you provide when you sign up.  If you wish to sign up for Lorain County and Amherst City Alerts you can register at the following site:

Amherst Safety Town Registration Open

The Amherst Police Department will be holding Safety Town the weeks of June 8 and June 15, 2015.  Children must be enrolled in Kindergarten for the fall of 2015 in an Amherst School or reside within the City of Amherst in order to be eligible to participate in the program.  More information and the registration form can be found on the Amherst police website.

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.