The Essentials

1. PARTICIPATE: Unlike other events, Burning Man is created by the people who attend — that means YOU! Participants are responsible for creating their experience in Black Rock City. No spectators!

2. LEAVE NO TRACE: There are no trash cans in BRC. You must take everything you bring back home with you. Nothing goes in the portable toilets except human waste and 1-ply toilet tissue. If it wasn’t in your body, don’t put it in the potty!

3. COMMERCE: You cannot buy or sell anything in BRC. Black Rock City is based on a gift economy — it is a place of sharing and free exchange. There are two exceptions: Center Camp Café, which sells coffee, and Arctica, which sells ice. See On-Playa Resources and Being a Good Citizen of BRC.

4. CARS: BRC is designed for pedestrians and bicycles. Except for public agencies, specially-marked BRC department service vehicles and those licensed by the Department of Mutant Vehicles, NO cars, motorcycles, motor-scooters, ATVs, golf carts or go-carts are allowed to drive in our city or on the open playa around it. See Getting Around BRC.

5. PERSONAL SAFETY: The Black Rock Desert is a harsh and challenging environment; you are responsible for your own survival. Nights on the playa are dark — stay safe: illuminate yourself, your bike and your artwork. See Survival Checklist.

6. FIRE GUIDELINES: Fire safety is essential. All participants using fire effects or burning their artwork must follow our Fire Art Safety Guidelines. All structures must be 20 feet from anything burning (including burn barrels). Aerial flares, rockets, explosives and fireworks are prohibited in Black Rock City. At least one ABC fire extinguisher is recommended for each camp as well as each camper or trailer. No fires of any kind are allowed on the unprotected playa surface. See Leave No Trace Techniques for information about burning on playa.

7. SOUND: Be thoughtful of your neighbors! Large scale sound zones are located along the 2 & 10:00 streets. Within the city the maximum power amplification is 300 watts, producing no more than 90 decibels at 20 feet. Mutant Vehicles with sound systems must follow the Sound Policy. If a problem with sound levels continues after sufficient warning, the device or system will be disabled. See Do’s and Don’ts.

8. LAWS: Burning Man takes place on public land, and is subject to local, state and federal laws including those involving illicit narcotics. Several law enforcement agencies patrol Black Rock City, and you risk being cited, arrested or evicted if you break the law. Burning Man does not promote or condone illegal activity of any kind. See Law Enforcement.

9. PUBLIC BOUNDARIES: Camping is only allowed within Black Rock City’s established streets and the Walk-In Camping area. You may not camp on the open playa (this area is reserved for art) or in the BLM-established buffer zone on the playa around Black Rock City. See Law Enforcement.

10. FIREARMS: The possession of firearms (including BB guns, air rifles and paintball guns) is prohibited in Black Rock City. Hand-held lasers are also prohibited.

11. TICKETS & VEHICLE PASSES: All vehicles driven into Black Rock City must display a valid Vehicle Pass. Participants MUST purchase Vehicle Passes and tickets prior to arrival. Low Income tickets, and any other tickets that are paid for on-site, are subject to the 9% Nevada Live Entertainment Tax. Please be prepared to make any needed ticket-related payments with a credit card instead of cash. Will Call closes on Saturday, September 3, at noon.

12. EVENT ENTRY: No one under 18 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. You are legally bound to the terms on the back of your ticket – read them! Those caught harboring stowaways or aiding in closure order violations face ejection from the event, having their tickets voided and/or being cited.