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.


Computer Recycling

A computer recycling event is taking place at Amherst City Hall, 206 S. Main Street on October 28, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Please see the flyer for detailed information.

Halloween Parade & Costume Contest - Trick or Treat!

The annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest, sponsored by the Amherst Fire Department, will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017.  Registration for the costume contest will begin at 3:00 pm at the San Spring Building, 480 Park Avenue.  Judging will start promptly at 4:00 pm with the parade to follow immediately thereafter. Cider and donuts will be available at City Hall after the parade.  In the event of inclement weather, the costume contest will be held at the Amherst Fire Station located at 414 Church Street.

Trick or Treat will be held on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.  Please remember to wear light colored or reflective clothing and have the proper adult supervision.  Residents who wish to hand out candy are asked to turn on their porch lights.

Fall Leaf Pickup Begins November 6th
Mayor Costilow’s office has announced that Fall Leaf Pickup starts Monday November 6 (the first full week in November). The schedule is:
Week of November 6North side of the tracks
Week of November 13South side of the tracks
Week of November 20North side of the tracks
Week of November 27South side of the tracks
Please rake leaves to the tree lawn before the first day of the week of your scheduled pickup. Leaves need to be placed as close to the street as possible.  Please do NOT put leaves in the street or ditch.
Tree limbs, grass clippings, and paper bagged leaves will be collected by Allied Waste on your regular trash day through November.  These items will NOT be picked up by the city.  The transfer station will be open through November. 
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.