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.


Construction Updates and Road Closures

August 10:  Route 58 from Cleveland Avenue north to Cooper Foster Park Road.  Installation of catch basins and drainage work has been delayed and is now scheduled to begin August 10th.  Resurfacing will also begin in August; date to be determined.  Construction will take place between the hours of 9:00 pm and 6:00 am.  Traffic will be maintained with lane closures as necessary.

July 22:  South Lake Street will be closed to THROUGH TRAFFIC between Beech Cliff Drive and Van Oaks Drive beginning Wednesday, July 22nd  The closure is necessary to facilitate retaining wall construction as part of the on-going Safe Routes to School project on South Lake Street.  The closure of South Lake St. is expected to last for three (3) weeks.

 July 15 - August 13:  The North Main Street bridge over SR 2 will be closed from July 15th through August 13th.  ODOT will be performing bridge repairs.  Traffic will be detoured during construction.

For the most current summer road construction news visit the Amherst Police Department webpage:


German Fest - August 8th

The Amherst Historical Society will hold their annual German Fest Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the Amherst Sandstone Village located at 763 Milan Avenue.  The festival runs from 1:00 pm to 10:30 pm and will feature musical entertainment, children's activities and German inspired food and beverage.  The price of admission is $5.00 for adults with children 6 years and younger admitted free.  Please see the Amherst Historical Society website for more information and a schedule of events.

Transfer Station Open
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.  For more information, please call 440-774-5381.
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. 

2014 Amherst Image Book

 The new Amherst Image Book showcasing our beautiful city can be viewed online.