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.


State of the City

Mayor David Taylor spoke on  the State of the City at the Council meeting on February 09, 2015.  The full transcript of the speech can be viewed here.

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.

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.

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.