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.


Safety/Service Director Rescinds Electric Rates Proclamation

The City Administration has decided to rescind the 2018 electric rate increase immediately, and credit all the City’s electric customers any increased charges resulting from the 2018 electric rate proclamation. A residential customer averaging 750 KW per month, for those 8 months could see an estimated onetime credit of $45.00. (Read the entirety of the Press Release here)

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.
City Offices Closed for the Holidays

All city offices will be closed the following days for the Christmas and New Year Holidays:

  • Monday, December 24, 2018                           Have a Wonderful
  • Tuesday, December 25, 2018                                    Holiday Season!
  • Monday, December 31, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Public Input Needed - Safe Routes to School
The City of Amherst conducted a public meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018 to gather public input on Amherst’s Safe Routes to School Travel Plan.  As part of the meeting follow-up, the Draft School Travel Plan (STP) is being posted on the City of Amherst’s website for review and comment. For further information regarding the Draft STP or to submit a public comment please contact Survey@AdaptiveEng.com. Public Comments will be accepted through December 23, 2018. 
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.