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.


Statement of Qualification Requested
The City of Amherst is soliciting Statements of Qualification from engineering firms for consideration in selecting qualified firm(s) to potentially perform future, low-value contract work in the City of Amherst.  Statements should include the following, at a minimum:
   1.)  How long your firm has been in business;
   2.)  Location of main headquarters, as well as any satellite locations (if applicable);
   3.)  Location of the office that would primarily be performing work for the City of Amherst;
   4.)  Any ODOT Pre-Qualifications;
   5.)  Name and resume of point of contact;
   6.)  Names and resumes of key staff;
   7.) Any other information that may be helpful to the City of Amherst in evaluating qualifications.
Typical projects that may be considered include simple roadway projects (e.g., resurfacing or maintenance), waterline projects, sanitary sewer projects, and construction inspection and/or administration on privately and/or publicly funded projects.
Statements of Qualification should be single-sided and limited to no more than twenty (20) pages in length, exclusive of the transmittal letter.  Statements of Qualification shall remain on file with the City for a period of three (3) years.  Interested firms should submit two (2) hard copies of their Statement of Qualification by 4:00 P.M. on August 4, 2017 to the following address:
Honorable Mark Costilow, Mayor
City of Amherst
206 South Main Street
Amherst, Ohio 44001
2016 Consumer Confidence Report
The 2016 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.
Request for Qualification
The City of Amherst, Ohio is accepting Requests for Qualifications and Proposal for Developer Services for the historic Town Hall building located at 206 South Main Street, Amherst, OH.
A successful candidate must meet the requirements set forth herein and demonstrate a financial structure and design intent which meets the City’s requirements.
Information regarding the project can be requested by e-mail to mayor@amherstohio.org or in person at Amherst City Hall, 206 S. Main Street, Amherst, OH 44001. 
Responders shall submit a complete qualifications package, schematic design and proposal no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
Fire Hydrant Testing Begins April 10th

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. 

Fire hydrant testing is performed to insure that all hydrants are in proper working order and to measure and record the amount of water available.

If you have any questions or problems call the Amherst Fire Department at 988-4117 or Utilities Department at 988-4224.

Notice: Credit Card Service Fee

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 and debit card transactions will be subject to a third-party service fee of 2.45%.  (This fee is for credit and debit card transactions only and  will not be charged when using other forms of payment in City offices)

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 E-Payments

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

            Income Tax Payment              Utility Payment                 Building Department Payment


Amherst Joins OhioCheckbook.com

The City of Amherst has joined other Ohio cities, townships and school districts and posted their city finances on OhioCheckbook.com.  Auditor, David Kukucka says that "OhioCheckbook.com will enable the administration of Amherst to further communicate the importance of transparency to our residents. The site is a user-friendly tool for the community to view the City's spending, while utilizing technology to make information easily accessible for anyone."

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.