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.

 

Notice: Credit Card Processing Fee

The City of Amherst Treasurer's office currently accepts credit and debit cards in the office for payment of most city services without an additional fee to the customer.  Due to increasing costs, the Treasurer's office  has contracted with a third-party processor to continue providing face-to-face credit card transactions.  This new service will allow the City to accept credit cards for utility payments in the Utilities Department office as well as the Treasurer's office.

Beginning September 1, 2016 all credit card transactions will be subject to a third-party processing fee of 2.45%.  (This fee is for credit or debit card transactions only and  will not be charged when using other forms of payment in City offices)

2015 Consumer Confidence Report
The 2015 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.
Transfer Station Open
The Transfer Station located on Pyle South Amherst Road will be open on each Wednesday and Saturday beginning April through November. Hours of operation are 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 800-433-1309.
Fire Hydrant Testing

The Amherst Fire Department will be doing fire hydrant testing throughout the spring and summer months.  If you see the Fire Department pick-up truck in your neighborhood avoid the use of water, particularly for washing clothes.  After flushing and testing is complete you may notice that your water is brownish.  You should run your water at a cold, slow stream until it becomes clear.  If you have any questions or problems call the Amherst Fire Department at 988-4117 or Utilities Department at 988-4224.

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.