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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.


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.

Notices and Forms (pdfs)


Devens Utilities Department
33 Andrews Parkway
Devens, MA 01434
Phone: 978-784-2931
Fax: 978-772-7496

Police / Fire / Dispatch

MassDevelopment contracts with the Massachusetts State Police for Devens. The department includes one lieutenant, one sergeant, and 8 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 (after 6-8 rings, calls will be automatically transferred to the Nashoba Valley Regional Dispatch District)

Shelly Testa, Public Safety Administrative Assistant, (Office hours: Mondays and Thursdays 8AM - 12PM)
Lieutenant Edward P. McMahon, Station Commander,
Sergeant Paul F. Sullivan, Station Patrol Supervisor,
Trooper James A. Fitzgerald, Station Investigator,


The Devens Fire Department protects the community with a team of 21 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

Shelly Testa, Public Safety Administrative Assistant, (Office hours: Mondays and Thursdays 12PM - 5PM; Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8AM - 5PM)

Nashoba Valley Regional Dispatch District

270 Barnum Road
Devens, MA 01434

Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: 978.772.1900

The NVRDD 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


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 (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.

Click here for more information on yard waste disposal and composting, recycling and hazardous waste disposal.

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

Recycling and Composting Information

Items may be brought to 99 Buena Vista Street for recycling. Click here for details. (updated: January 2016)

It's easy to compost and the Devens Department of Public Works makes it easier by offering rodent-resistant home composting bins for $25 (cash, credit, or check). DPW has a limited supply available at 99 Buena Vista St. in Devens at a first come first serve basis. To purchase one, please contact Melissa Ouellette at (978) 772-1864 or

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

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 (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

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 or click here to learn more.

Click here for more information on yard waste disposal and composting, recycling and hazardous waste disposal.

Hospitals & Medical Information

Nashoba Valley Medical Center
200 Groton Road
Ayer, MA 01432

Occupational Health Department

200 Groton Road
Ayer, MA 01432

Clinton Hospital
201 Highland Street
Clinton, MA 01510

Emerson Hospital Health Center -

100 Boston Road
Groton, MA 01450

HealthAlliance Hospital -

Burbank Campus
275 Nichols Road
Fitchburg, MA 01420

Leominster Campus
60 Hospital Road
Leominster, MA 01453

Acton Medical Associates
231 Ayer Road
Harvard, MA 01451

Houses of Worship


Congregational Church
Evangelical UCC

5 Still River Road
Harvard, MA 01451

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

St. Theresa's
Roman Catholic Church

15 Still River Road
Harvard, MA 01451

Unitarian Church
Harvard Common
Harvard, MA 01451


Holy Ghost Revival Outreach
37 Front Street
Shirley, MA 01464

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

Trinity Chapel
188 Center Road
Shirley, MA 01464

United Church of Shirley
4 Lancaster Road
Shirley, MA 01464


First Parish Church of Groton
A Welcoming Unitarian Universalist Church

1 Powder House Road
Groton, MA 01450


Church of God
41 Littleton Road
Ayer, MA 01432

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church

139 Littleton Road
Ayer, MA 01432

Apple Valley Baptist Church
12 Columbia Street
Ayer, MA 01432

Christian Science Church &
Reading Room

30 Main Street
Ayer, MA 01432

Federated Church
21 Washington Street
Ayer, MA 01432

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

Saint Andrew's
Episcopal Church

7 Faulkner Street
Ayer, MA 01432

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

Seeds of Faith
17 West Main Street
Ayer, MA 01432

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