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.


CCA Tax Notices

The City of Amherst Treasurer has authorized the Central Collection Agency (CCA) to send notices to resident taxpayers who are using a City of Amherst  address and do not have an active tax account with the city of Amherst.  A sample notice can be viewed here.  If you receive a notice from CCA you must contact the CCA auditor at the phone number listed on the letter.  If you feel that you have received the notice in error, contact the Amherst Income Tax office at (440) 988-4212 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

It has been brought to our attention that some residents of South Amherst have received notices in error.  A clarification letter should be mailed to those South Amherst residents from CCA in the near future.  If you would like to verify your address, the Amherst Income Tax office should be contacted.

City Offices Closed for the Holidays

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

  • Monday, December 25, 2017                             Have a Wonderful
  • Tuesday, December 26, 2017                                    Holiday Season!
  • Monday, January 1, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Pool Passes on Sale for the Holidays!!

Passes for the 2018 season for the Anna Mohr Schmauch pool at Maude Neiding Park make great holiday gifts.  They will be sold in the Treasurer's Office located at 480 Park Avenue at 2017 rates through December 22, 2017.  Passes cannot be purchased online or over the phone.  The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  

The name, address and age (if under 18) of each member must be provided in order to issue a pass.  The office accepts Visa, Mastercard or Discover (third party fee of 2.45% applies), cash or check.   For more information about our city pool see the Parks and Recreation page.  

 2017 Pool Pass Rates

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 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.

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.