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
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
Nashoba Valley Regional Emergency Communication Center
270 Barnum Road
Devens, MA 01434
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. Visit our website at www.nvrecc.us.
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
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.
- Male or female dogs (Not Spayed or Neutered) - $10.00
- Spayed/neutered dogs - $5.00
- 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
- 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.
Items may be brought to 99 Buena Vista Street for recycling. Click here for details. (updated: January 2016)
Wood Cutting Permits
Wood cutting permits are available for a $25.00 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
Hours of Operation, Monday - Friday 8 am - 3:30 pm
Recycling / Household Hazardous Waste 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
- 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 (updated: January 2016)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 or click here to learn more.
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
Gas Rate Increase Letter (dated October 7, 2015)
Current Utility Rates (effective October 1, 2015)
Request for Utility Services Form
Discontinuation of Utility Services Form
Water-Use Restriction Letter
2014 Water Quality Report
Terms and Conditions
Voluntary Peak Management Program
Hospitals & Medical Information
Nashoba Valley Medical Center
Emerson Hospital Health Center -
HealthAlliance Hospital -
Acton Medical Associates
Houses of Worship
St. Benedict's Abbey Chapel
Holy Ghost Revival Outreach
Saint Anthony's Religious Center
United Church of Shirley
Church of God
Apple Valley Baptist Church
Christian Science Church &
Hope New Baptist Church Ayer
Saint Mary's Catholic Church
Seeds of Faith