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.


City Offices Closed for Good Friday, March 30th

All city offices will be closed Friday, March 30, 2018.  The offices will resume normal business hours on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday, March 31, 2018

The City of Amherst has received information from the Amherst Lions Club concerning the annual Amherst Community Easter Egg Hunt.  The hunt , which is sponsored by the Amherst Lions and Amherst Steele Leo Clubs,  will be held on Saturday, March 31st. The event takes place at Maude Neiding Park on Cleveland Avenue beginning with the Easter Bunny's arrival at 10:30 am.  The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 11:00 am. 

As in the past, the park will be divided into three hunt areas;  toddler to age 3, ages 4 to 6, and 7 to 10 year olds.  There will be nearly 10,000 candy-filled eggs scattered over the grounds.   Everyone is advised to arrive early because parking is limited inside the park. Please note that there are no public restrooms available.

Seasonal Employment Applications - Due by April 19, 2018

Seasonal employment applications for Maude Neiding pool lifeguards and the park and street departments are available. Applicants must be 16 years of age by May 25, 2018 to apply.

Applications can be picked up at City Hall, 206 S. Main Street between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Applications must be returned to City Hall no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

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 


2017 City Income Tax Due April 17, 2018

The tax office is located in the San Spring building at 480 Park Avenue.  Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Returns can be prepared in the office, free of charge.  They can also be prepared using the fillable PDF (must be opened in Adobe Reader to function properly- see instructions).  Returns must be mailed or faxed to the tax office.  We do not support electronic filing. The tax office will accept personal checks, money orders, cash.   Visa, Master Card, or Discover credit or debit cards are accepted  in the office but are subject to a third-party service fee of 2.45%.  Credit cards and ACH payments can also be made on the internet using the U S Bank payment system subject to fees posted on the website.

In April, the tax office will have extended hours as shown below.   Please contact the tax office at (440) 988-4212 if you have any questions.

Saturday, April 14, 2018      9:00 am to 12 noon
Monday, April 16, 2018 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 8:30 am to 7:00 pm


Please Note: The informational letter mailed with the Amherst income tax form contained errors in the tax filing and extension request due dates. The tax year for the stated interest rate was also incorrect.  The due date for tax filing and extension requests is April 17, 2018.  The interest rate for 2017 is .50% per month (6% per year). 

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.