Hours & directions
  Contacts
  File review
  Regional profile
  Facilities, projects & sites of interest

Hours & Directions 

MassDEP Central Regional Office
627 Main Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01608
Main Phone: 508-792-7650
Service Center: 508-792-7683
Permit Assistance: 508-767-2734

Business hours

8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except state holidays .
See also CERO File Review Hours.

Directions

Directions to MassDEP Offices pdf format of    MassDEP Office Directions  doc format of MassDEP Office Directions

From the North

   Take I-495 South
   Take Exit 25 (I-290 West)
   Proceed on I-290 West to Exit 13 (Kelley Square)

From the East, South, Southeast, or West

   Take Mass Pike to Auburn/Worcester Exit (I-290 East)
   Proceed on I-290 East to Exit 13 (Kelley Square)

From I-290, Exit 13

   If westbound, take a right at stop sign; if eastbound, take a left at traffic light.
   Proceed through Kelley Square onto Madison St (Rte. 122 North).
   Take a left turn at the Hess gas station.
   MassDEP is 1/2 mile up the street on the right at the intersection of Madison and Main Streets.
   NOTE: Entrance is on Madison Street even though address is 627 Main Street.

Parking

There are several parking options, including metered parking near the DEP office. Other possible parking spots include:

Federal Plaza Parking Garage
From Kelley Square, proceed up Madison St./122N and take a right turn onto Southbridge St. At the first stop sign, take a left onto Myrtle St. At the traffic light, take a right onto Main St. About 100 ft. on your left is an entrance to the Federal Plaza Parking Garage.

Myrtle St. Municipal Parking Lot
From Kelley Square, proceed up Madison St./122N and take a right turn onto Southbridge St. At the first stop sign, take a right. Turn left on Salem St. for entrance to the Myrtle St. Municipal Parking Lot. Coin operated meters.

Map

Map Direction for Central Region

Contacts 

General Phone & Email

     Main Phone: 508-792-7650
     Fax: 508-792-7621
     Service Center / Permit Assistance: 508-792-7683
     Report a spill or environmental crime

Employee Directories

     DEP Central Regional Office Emplyee Directories pdf format of    DEP Central Regional Office Emplyee Directories
     Online Employee Lookup


File Review & Public Records Request 

The public may review the MassDEP Central Region's non-confidential files on Tuesdays and Thursdays (except state holidays ) from 9:00am-12:00pm. Please review the File Review Procedures below and then request an appointment either by:

File Review Procedures

Appointments are required. You may request up to 6 files (not sites - 3 file numbers constitutes 3 of the 6 files) during one appointment. The request should be organized and complete to ensure that the correct files are provided, so please research your site(s) before requesting an appointment.

Appointments are only established once you receive a confirmation from the Service Center. If the Service Center does not respond to your inquiry within a reasonable time, please re-submit your request.

Seats are limited and customers are served on a first come - first served basis.

Upon arrival, please read and fill out the form supplied to you by the Service Center and return it to the File Manager on duty before leaving.

During review, DO NOT unclip, remove staples, or take binders or folders apart.

Photo copies and faxes are available for 20 cents per 8" x 11" page. Fees vary for other size pages.

Only checks will be accepted and should be made payable to Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There is a $20 fee for returned checks.

Arrangements can be made to have files sent out to a copy service, which is recommended for any large documents. When there are several people requesting copies, DEP staff have priority for using DEP copy machines.

If you are unable to keep your appointed time, you must call and cancel your appointment by 12 noon the previous working day. A fee may be billed to your company for appointments which are not appropriately canceled.

NOTE: You can also download site lists from MassDEP's Website.

Local Assistance

Environmental Issues Handled by Local Officials
Environmental Issues Handled by Other Agencies


Regional Profile 

This region, which spans from the Connecticut border to the New Hampshire line, encompasses all of Worcester county and includes some municipalities in western Middlesex and Norfolk counties. In all, there are 77 towns and cities with a total population of nearly 900,000.

Most communities in the Central Region grew up around mills, many of which have since given way to high tech companies and various support industries. The region still hosts a number of metal fabricating and plating firms, plastics manufacturers and remnants of the paper, shoe and furniture industries. A few large farms dot the landscape, but agriculture has slowly been replaced by residential and commercial development.

The major river basins (Blackstone, Nashua, Concord, Merrimack, Chicopee, French and Quinebaug, and Millers) as well as the Wachusett Reservoir and its watershed are among the chief natural features of the Central region.


Facilities, Projects & Sites of Interest 

Manufacturing Facilities' Guide

Index of Selected Environmental Regulations for Manufacturing Facilities: A Guide for Massachusetts Businesses by Massachusetts Businesses pdf format of    Index of Selected Environmental Regulations  file size 1MB doc format of Index of Selected Environmental Regulations

This index was originally compiled in 2001 by the Central Massachusetts Business Environmental Network (CMBEN) and the Office of Technical Assistance, with assistance from MassDEP. It was updated by MassDEP in February 2008 and identifies the key environmental regulatory thresholds that businesses need to be concerned about - across all of DEP's programs. The Index is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for reading and complying with the full text of state and federal regulations. Please contact the respective local, state, and federal agencies for further information.

Projects & Sites of Interest in the Central Region

Fort Devens (closed in 1996)

Fort Devens is located 35 miles west of Boston in the towns of Ayer and Shirley in Middlesex County, and Lancaster and Harvard in Worcester County.