City Of Vermilion

City Guide


Effective September 1, City of Vermilion Utilities and Building Department business will be conducted online and by correspondence due to an outbreak of COVID. To insure a continuation of service to residents, the remaining clerks will work remotely to conduct Utility and Building business.

City online access for bill payments and building permits can be found on

In person Utility payments and Building Department letters can be placed in the secure drop box at the Utilities Department doors, 5511 Liberty Avenue.

All other City Departments will operate as usual for now.

I appreciate your patience.

-Mayor Forthofer

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Discover Vermilion Ohio

Vermilion, Ohio is the crowning jewel of the south shore of Lake Erie. From quaint shops to fine dining, the arts, entertainment and unmatched festivities, Vermilion truly has it all. Be reminded of a simpler time when an afternoon at the beach, a hand-dipped ice cream cone and a stroll along Main Street made your day special. Stay for a day, maybe two, and take home a memory that will last forever.

Downtown Vermilion

Downtown Vermilion, Ohio, "Harbour Town", is home to dozens of retail shops, restaurants, professional businesses, marinas, accommodations and tourist activities. Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. The Vermilion Lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Parks & Beaches

Vermilion Ohio is home to several beautiful parks and beaches. Enjoy a picnic, a scenic hike, a bike ride, beautiful views, fabulous sunsets, playgrounds, sports activities, a dip in the water, botanical gardens and more at Vermilion's parks and beaches.

Main Street Beach

Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. Main Street Beach features an observation deck, a kayak/canoe launch, benches, an ADA mobility mat, and a concession stand.

Vermilion Ohio Lighthouse

The Vermilion Lighthouse is a replica of the original lighthouse that was later moved to Lake Ontario. Known as the "Town of Sea Captains," Vermilion was without a lighthouse for 63 yrs. The lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Ohio Recreation

Swimmers of all ages enjoy our sandy beaches located in Historic Downtown Vermilion and either side of the city. Recreational boating of every kind, jet skis, canoeing, and sail boats adorn the Vermilion harbor, where ship building was once the major industry.

Attractions & Events

Free concerts, outdoor movies, museums, galleries and more are offered throughout the year in Vermilion, Ohio and surrounding areas. Discover all the arts and entertainment that Vermilion has to offer. Discover Vermilion Ohio's Arts & Entertainment.

Vermilion River & Lake Erie

The Vermilion River, which flows into Lake Erie, endows marina facilities with more than 1,000 boat slips and ramps for easy access to the Lake, earning Vermilion the title of the “Largest Small Boat Harbour on the Great Lakes.” Lake freighters are a regular sight on Lake Erie making their way through the Great Lakes.

Boat Ramps & Guest Docks

Vermilion Ohio invites you to visit our public guest docks and boat ramps. You are in the center of Vermilion's historical district and within easy walking distance of many quaint specialty shops, groceries, ice, restaurants, fast food, historical homes, overnight accommodations, professional services and the beach.

Ultimate Railfan Destination

Trains began running through Vermilion, Ohio starting in 1853. For over 140 years the rumbling, roaring, shaking, screaming tornados have rushed through the quiet village. Ships have come and gone in this little city by the sea, but they were never the acoustic monsters like the trains which roll along like wild demons in a race. Freight of all kinds flies through the city, and as far as we can foresee, it will continue for 140 more years. Such is life in a railroad town.

Vermilion Ohio History

History tells us that the Erie Indians lived along the south shore of Lake Erie until their murderous extinction by the warlike Iroquois from upper New York State in 1655. Then around 1700 the Ottawas, Hurons (Wyandottes) and Chippewas gradually returned to the area for furs to sell to the French traders until they too were pushed out of their hunting and trapping grounds by the pioneering white man. Few Indians remained by 1800. One historian said, "Lake Shore Ohio was an Indian borderland. Indian habitation was a nervous, restless one punctuated by wars, international rivalries and disasters."


City of Vermilion

5511 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion, OH 44089
Phone: (440) 204-2400 | Fax: (440) 204-2411

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Master Phone Menu (440) 204-2400

  •  Water & Sewer Service Issues: Press 1
  •  Building Department, Including Planning & Zoning: Press 2
  •  Finance Department, Including Payroll & Employee Benefits: Press 3
  •  Director of Public Services: Press 5
  •  Safety Directory: Press 6
  •  Resident Complaints: Press 7
  •  Clerk of Council, Including City Council Reps: Press 8
  •  Recreation Department, Including the City Pool: Press 9
  •  After Hours Water & Sewer Service Emergencies: Press 450
  •  Press the # sign to repeat or remain on the line for the Mayor's Office.

Department & Offices Phone Numbers

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm
  •  Administrative Office: (440) 204-2400
  •  City Council: (440) 204-2465
  •  Mayor & Safety Director: (440) 204-2402
  •  Mayor Admin: (440) 204-2402
  •  Service Director: (440) 204-204-2424
  •  Finance Director: (440) 204-2425
  •  Accounts Payable: (440) 204-2426
  •  Payroll: (440) 204-2427
  •  Benefits Coordinator: (440) 204-2427
  •  Boards & Commissions Clerk: (440) 204-2429
  •  Building Inspector: (440) 204-2410
  •  Building Admin. Clerk: (440) 204-2410
  •  PT Inspector: (440) 320-4248
  •  Water/Waste Water Utilities Billing Clerk: (440) 204-2420
  •  Street Superintendent: (440) 204-2480
  •  Recreation Dept (Voice Mail): (440) 204-2490
  •  Water Treatment Plant: (440) 204-2450
  •  Waste Water Treatment Plant: (440) 204-2455
  •  Fire Station #1 5467 Ohio Street: 911 (Emergencies)
  •  Fire Station #2 385 Overlook Road: 911 (Emergencies)
  •  Police Department: (440) 967-6116
  •  Municipal Court: (440) 204-2430

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