Public Works



The Department of Public Works will be open to the public June 1, 2020 by appointment only. Individuals needing to make appointments for in-person service must call the Department of Public Works to schedule an appointment. Because we continue to operate with some employees working from home as the state has required, if you are unable to reach us, please leave a voicemail and we will call you back as soon as possible. Our number is 781-455-7550. 

Most payments can also be made via mail or in the dropbox outside of Town Hall on Garrity Way (the side of Town Hall close to Walgreens). Payments may be mailed to: 500 Dedham Ave, Needham MA 02492 

Please note resident may experience a delay in response time to non-emergency requests, we appreciate your patience during this time. 

Individuals needing assistance or services may call Needham DPW at 781-455-7550 x0, or email us at . Staff will respond to emails and voicemails as soon as possible during normal business hours.

The Recycling and Transfer Station is now operating under summer hours until 9/11/2020:


Tuesday- Thursday& Saturday: 7:30 to AM - 4:00 PM

Friday: 7:30 to AM 12 NOON. 

Public Services COVID-19 Update: 5.26.2020

*Please continue to check back for daily updates*


  • Permits: Applications are now online at
  • Access to the Public: All buildings are closed to the public and contractors until further notice. Please call the DPW Admin office at (781)455-7550 x0 and leave a message or email Staff will return your email or phone call with a slight delay due to decreased staffing.
  • Payments: Pay online or mail.
  • Report a Concern: See/Click/Fix is continued to be monitored, however response to may be delayed due to reduced staffing.
  • Claims: Continue to file claims online.
  • Billing & Processing: Under evaluation for continued service.


  • Services: Engineering services to the public are now being conducted online. Please email or for any additional questions.
  • Street Permits: Applications can be found online for the 2020 Construction Season. Processing and approval will be delayed until further notice.


  • Services: Services for Town vehicles continue at a decreased staffing level.


  • Beginning June until August the Highway division will begin sidewalk repairs as well as roadway patching, crack sealing & roadway surface treatment. 
  • Maintenance of Public Ways: Maintaining services with decreased staffing levels and slower response.
  • Traffic Signals & Signage Maintenance & Repairs: Maintaining full service.
  • Parking Meter Maintenance: Maintaining full service.

Parks & Forestry:

  • Tree Planting Program: On hold until further notice.
  • General Maintenance of Parks and Athletic Fields: On hold until further notice. 
  • Emergency tree removal: Maintaining services with decreased staffing levels.


EFFECTIVE 4/4/2020:

  •  The number of vehicles that may enter the RTS at any one time will be limited. No more than 18 vehicles will be allowed in the trash/recycling area at once. No more than 6 vehicles will be allowed in the yard waste area at once.
  •  There will be two lanes of traffic to enter the RTS – one lane to the left will be for vehicles going straight to yard waste. The right lane will be for residents disposing of trash and recyclables.
  •  Bulky waste will no longer be accepted until resumption of normal business. Bulky waste are objects too big to fit in the yellow Pay As You Throw bags (items cleaned out from basements and garages for example).
  •  No trash can be disposed of without being placed first in a yellow bag.
  •  Contractors will not be allowed to utilize the RTS on Saturdays until the resumption of normal business. There are no exceptions to this.
  •  Residents are encouraged to visit the RTS during non-peak hours. Saturdays continue to be very busy, making social distancing a challenge. If you can deliver your waste on other days, that would be appreciated.
  •  In addition, the Swap Shop, donation bins, Goodwill Trailer and drop-off area for  tires, refrigerators/air conditioners, and TVs and computers remain CLOSED.
  • Scrap metal drop-off is open and the public may drop off any scrap metal items for recycling.
  • Redeemable bottle and can recycling program: Residents can drop off their redeemable bottles and cans at the bottle and can shed across from the swap shop. 
  •  Trash & Recycling: Maintaining services with decreased staffing levels.
  • Yard Waste: Loam & compost can be purchased by residents. Please remember to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing when obtaining loam and compost.

Water & Sewer:

  • Meter Replacement Program: Suspended until further notice.
  • Final Water Meter Reading for Real Estate Transactions: Please request by either calling (781)455-7550 x0 or emailing Final water meter readings will be on a case by case basis.
  • New Construction Meter Installation: Resumed.
  • Second Meter Requests: Suspended until further notice.
  • Backflow Testing & Cross-Connection Surveying: Full service resumed.
  • Water & Sewer Billing: Under evaluation for continued service.
  • Water Treatment: Maintaining full service.
  • Water Distribution: Maintaining full service.
  • Wastewater Maintenance: Maintaining services with decreased staffing levels and slower response.
  • Wastewater Pumping: Maintaining full service.
  • Stormwater Maintenance: Maintaining services with decreased staffing levels and slower response.
  • Water Meter Leaks: Maintaining services with additional precautions. Staff entering premises required to wear face masks and gloves. Please email for more information if concerned.

Building Maintenance:

  • Building Rentals: No rental of Town and School buildings until further notice.
  • Buildings: Disinfecting and sanitizing all Town and School buildings.