Community Services

Information regarding municipal services and local resources for Devens residents can be found below. Click on the headings to see what is available.

Police / Fire / Dispatch

MassDevelopment contracts with the Massachusetts State Police for Devens. The department includes one lieutenant, one sergeant, and 10 troopers. Customary policing includes detecting, deterring, reporting, and investigation of trespassing, theft, vandalism, and other criminal activities. The State Police also provides traffic enforcement, investigation of motor vehicle crashes, and responses to emergency 911 calls.

Like other communities, Devens seeks to defuse potentially dangerous situations by reaching out and establishing rapport with the community, at-risk individuals, and associated organizations. If there are public safety programs you are interested in, please contact the Devens State Police directly:

State Police Devens

59 Buena Vista Street
Devens, MA 01434

Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: 978.772.8800


The Devens Fire Department protects the community with a team of 23 firefighters, two engines, one ladder truck, one rescue vehicle, and two forestry units. The department is trained in the latest techniques of fire fighting including emergency medical services, rescue, fire prevention, and inspection.

Devens Fire Department Headquarters

182 Jackson Road
Devens, MA 01434

Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: 978.772.4600

Nashoba Valley Regional Emergency Communication Center

270 Barnum Road
Devens, MA 01434

Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: 978.772.1900

The NVRECC handles the emergency communications and dispatching for the Police, Fire, and EMS for the towns of Devens, Harvard, Lancaster and Lunenburg. The center has a Facebook and Twitter page to keep the people in the Devens community abreast of information.

CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment

To ensure that residents and businesses receive notification in cases of emergencies, please register securely by clicking here.

Department of Public Works

The Department of Public Works is responsible for:

  • 60 miles of road lanes
  • 500 acres of improved landscape
  • Building maintenance of all MassDevelopment properties
  • Fleet maintenance of all MassDevelopment vehicles and equipment
  • Domestic and wildlife animal control
  • Cross connection surveying and testing
  • Solid waste and recycling

Animal Licenses

It is recommended that any animal owned or kept within the boundaries of Devens be registered and licensed. Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 149 as adopted by MassDevelopment requires that all dogs six months or older be registered and licensed annually on June 1st. Owner/keepers of dogs are given a thirty-day period ending on June 30th each year to register dogs. There is no mandatory requirement to register other animals, but any person may register and apply for a license of any type of animal legally-owned and kept within the boundaries of Devens. Owners and keepers of animals other than dogs are encouraged to register and license animals kept as pets.

Licensing Fees:

  • Male or female dogs - $7.00
  • Spayed/neutered dogs - $4.00
  • Other animals - $4.00
  • Late fee (mandated animals) - $15.00/month
  • Seeing-eye, hearing, or any assist dogs - no charge

Licensing Period: June 1 - May 31

Requirements:

  • Certificate of Rabies Vaccination by a licensed Veterinarian
  • Certificate or statement from a licensed Veterinarian that the dog has been spayed or neutered
  • Certificate from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind stating that the dog is trained to lead or serve a blind person (if applicable)
  • Letter or certificate from the Massachusetts Office of Deafness stating that such a dog is trained to serve a deaf person (if applicable)

Yard Waste Disposal

Beginning the first Monday in April through November 30, the DPW will pick up yard waste in residential areas every Monday morning. Yard waste includes grass clippings, leaves, and tree limbs. Yard waste must be placed at the curb in the front of the house with no trash or sand mixed in. Leaves and grass clippings must be packaged in biodegradable paper bags.

Christmas trees will be picked up the first two Mondays in January.

Recycling Information

Items may be brought to 99 Buena Vista Street for recycling. Click here for details.

Wood Cutting Permits

Wood cutting permits are available for a $10.00 fee. Permits are valid for a fourteen-day period to residents for personal use only. Permits allow for the cutting of downed trees only in areas designated by the DPW.
Visa or MasterCard is accepted.


For more information, please contact:
David Blazon, Manager
Melissa Ouellette, Administrative Assistant
Department of Public Works
99 Buena Vista Street
Devens, MA 01434
978.772.1864
mouellette@massdevelopment.com

Hours of Operation, Monday - Friday 8 am - 3:30 pm

Recycling / Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

Recycling Drop-Off

Recycling drop-off containers are in place for all Devens residents and businesses. They are located in the front parking lot of the DPW at 99 Buena Vista Street and are accessible at anytime for your convenience. The containers are marked and the following materials can be deposited:

  • Plastics #1 - 7
  • Glass
  • Tin & aluminum cans
  • Mixed Paper, which includes corrugated cardboard, computer printer paper, copier paper (white or colored), envelopes (with or without windows), stationary, looseleaf paper (any color), folders (no metal or plastic tabs), brochures/pamphlets (coated/uncoated, stapled, or folded), newspapers, and magazines

For larger items, the Recycling Drop-off Facility is open Monday thru Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm. Click here for details

Wooden Pallet Recycling

Facilities that routinely accumulate wooden pallets can take advantage of a free monthly collection service. The pallets will be refurbished for resale, used for repairs, recycled as wood pellets, or sent to a local wood-fired power plant. This new service will reduce waste disposal costs for firms in Devens and facilitate reuse of the valuable wood materials. For more information and to participate contact the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center at 978-772-8831 x3304 or donaneely@ecostardevens.com.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

The Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center ("Devens HHW") provides a convenient service that Devens residents and businesses that generate less than 220 pounds or 27 gallons of toxic waste per month can use to properly dispose products that require special handling, such as pesticides, oil-based paint, auto fluids, rechargeable and button batteries, fluorescent bulbs, etc.

The Devens HHW is located at 9 Cook Street, behind the Public Works building. The facility is open 9:00am - Noon on the first Wednesday and following Saturday of the month, March through December. Additional information regarding location, collection dates, products accepted, and fees can be found at www.devenshhw.com.

Utilities

The Utilities Division provides electricity, natural gas, water, and sewer services to Devens. The Division also provides pole and conduit access for telecommunications and cable television, and antennae siting for wireless communications. The Utilities Division continues to pursue programs aimed at increasing energy supply, reliability, and efficiency while limiting costs.

Download Forms (pdfs)
Customer Information Guide
Annual Utilities Rate Review for FY15
Current Utility Rates (effective July 1, 2014)
Request for Utility Services Form
Discontinuation of Utility Services Form
Water-Use Restriction Letter
2013 Water Quality Report
Terms and Conditions

Hospitals & Medical Information

Nashoba Valley Medical Center
200 Groton Road
Ayer, MA 01432
978.784.9000
www.nashobamed.com

NVMC -
Occupational Health Department

200 Groton Road
Ayer, MA 01432
978.784.9328
www.nashobamed.com

Clinton Hospital
201 Highland Street
Clinton, MA 01510
978.368.3000
www.umassmemorial.org

Emerson Hospital Health Center -
Groton

100 Boston Road
Groton, MA 01450
978.448.1288
www.emersonhospital.org

HealthAlliance Hospital -
Fitchburg/Leominster

Burbank Campus
275 Nichols Road
Fitchburg, MA 01420
978.343.5000
http://www.umassmemorial.org

Leominster Campus
60 Hospital Road
Leominster, MA 01453
978.466.2000
http://www.umassmemorial.org

Acton Medical Associates
231 Ayer Road
Harvard, MA 01451
978.772.1213
www.actonmedical.com

Houses of Worship

Harvard

Congregational Church
Evangelical UCC

5 Still River Road
Harvard, MA 01451
978.456.8788

St. Benedict's Abbey Chapel
252 Still River Road, Box 67
Still River, MA 01467
978.456.3221

St. Theresa's
Roman Catholic Church

15 Still River Road
Harvard, MA 01451
978.456.3563

Unitarian Church
Harvard Common
Harvard, MA 01451
978.456.8752

Shirley

Holy Ghost Revival Outreach
37 Front Street
Shirley, MA 01464
978.425.6315

Saint Anthony's Religious Center
14 Phoenix Street
Shirley, MA 01464
978.425.0980

Trinity Chapel
188 Center Road
Shirley, MA 01464
978.425.9041

United Church of Shirley
4 Lancaster Road
Shirley, MA 01464
978.425.4065

Ayer

Church of God
41 Littleton Road
Ayer, MA 01432
978.772.6055

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church

139 Littleton Road
Ayer, MA 01432
978.772.2863

Apple Valley Baptist Church
12 Columbia Street
Ayer, MA 01432
978.772.0810

Christian Science Church &
Reading Room

30 Main Street
Ayer, MA 01432
978.772.3698

Federated Church
21 Washington Street
Ayer, MA 01432
978.772.2044

Hope New Baptist Church Ayer
139 Sandy Pond Road
Ayer, MA 01432
978.772.1755

Saint Andrew's
Episcopal Church

7 Faulkner Street
Ayer, MA 01432
978.772.2615

Saint Mary's Catholic Church
31 Shirley Street
Ayer, MA 01432
978.772.2414

Seeds of Faith
17 West Main Street
Ayer, MA 01432
978.772.1884

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