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.


Schedule Your Water Meter Change
 The City is in the process of updating all water meters being serviced by Amherst Utilities. If you have not had your water meter replaced yet, please schedule your appointment online here or call the Utilities office for assistance at (440) 988-4224.
Amherst Costume Contest, Parade and Trick or Treat!

The annual Amherst Halloween parade will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 28, 2018 starting from the San Spring building located at 480 Park Avenue.  Costume contest registration will begin at 3:00 pm and the judging will start at 4:00 pm.  In the event of rain, the contest will be held at the Amherst fire station, 414 Church Street.

Trick or Treat will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 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.

Proposed: North Main Street Recreational Trail Connector

The City of Amherst is considering a project to install an asphalt recreational trail along the west side of North Main Street from West Martin Street north to Sunrise, approximately 2,335 feet, to connect to the existing asphalt trail within the Lorain County Metroparks Beaver Creek Reservation.

As part of the project a trail would also be installed along the south side of Sipple Avenue from North Main Street east to the Amherst Exempted School Property approximately 1,285 feet. In general, the trail is proposed to be ten feet in width however some sections would be narrowed to eight feet in width to adjust for utilities. The trail would be installed within the public right of way and maintained by the City. Minor drive apron modifications would be incorporated by the project.  The City has an opportunity to provide an important pedestrian connection between the Lorain County Metroparks, The Amherst Exempted School District and the Historic Downtown Business District.

The City is looking for public feedback on the proposed project. Please send in your comments or questions to TrailConnector@AmherstOhio.org. Click here to view the exhibit for the proposed connector  

Automatic Utility Payment Program

This free 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.  A third-party service fee will be charged.   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."

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 in the Utilities Department, the Building Department as well as the Treasurer's office.

Beginning September 1, 2016 all face-to-face 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)

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.

Amherst Magazine

  The latest edition of Amherst Magazine is available!  Click the picture to view it online.

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.