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 Friday, April 3rd

All city offices will be closed Friday April 3, 2015 for Good Friday.  The offices will resume normal business hours on Monday, April 6, 2015.

Transfer Station Opens April 1st
The Transfer Station located on Pyle South Amherst Road will be open on each Wednesday and Saturday beginning April 1 through November 28. Hours of operation will be 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.
Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 4, 2015

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, April 4th. 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.

Income Tax Due April 15, 2015

City of Amherst income tax returns or requests for an extension to file are due on April 15, 2015.   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.  The office will be open extended hours on the following dates:

Saturday, April 119:00 am to Noon
Tuesday,  April 148:30 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 158:30 am to 7:00 pm

Returns can be prepared in the office, free of charge.  They can also be prepared using the fillable PDFPlease note that the fillable pdf may not open correctly in some browsers.  You must use Adobe Reader to access this fillable pdf and you must see the tax year 2014 at the top to be able to use this form correctly.  If you cannot get the fillable PDF to work properly, you may wish to download it to your desktop (right click and do save as) and force it to open with Adobe Reader.  See the income tax page for forms and more information.

Seasonal Employment Applications - Due by April 24th

Seasonal employment applications will be available March 30, 2015 for lifeguard and concession stand, park work, and work done by the street department. 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. during normal business hours.

Applicants must be 16 years of age by June 1, 2015 to apply.

Applications must be returned to City Hall no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Amherst Safety Town Registration

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.