Batten Down Your Camp
The desert wind can whip up to speeds exceeding 75 MPH in an instant, picking up everything and hurtling it miles down the playa or smack into your neighbor — sleeping bags, chairs, card tables, ice chests, tents, you name it. Keep objects secure at all times. Weight the interior corners of your tent. Rebar makes excellent stakes, but all exposed ends must be capped or bent into a candy cane shape to prevent foot/leg injuries. Rebar tips (including removal) are found on the Burning Man website.
There is no recreational vehicle dumping station, and you may not dump on the playa. BLM issues citations for dumping or leaking gray or black water. As a citizen of Black Rock City, you are responsible for preventing and remediating leaks. Catch leaks immediately with a five-gallon bucket. There is no location for scheduling RV servicing. If you see a truck designated “RV servicing”, you can flag it down. Many trucks are servicing infrastructure and not RVs, so be sure look for the sign. The only vendor authorized to provide cash sales of pumping services is United Site Services. Note: pumping services only include removal of gray and black water — not a potable water fill. Use only one-ply toilet paper. Finally, be considerate of your neighbors when running your generator.
Commerce & Concessions
The sale of products and services by participants is strictly prohibited. Sales of handmade and food items “in order to cover costs” are not allowed. There is NO participant vending. Bring what you need. Confront your own survival. This is not a consumer event.
Logos & Branding
Burning Man is a decommodified zone where branding is not welcome. Advertising? Hell no. Launching a product? Not in Black Rock City. Burning Man is not (and will never be) something to be used in promotion of your business, website, or product. Got a van from work with logos? Cover it up. Got a rental truck or RV? Alter the logos. Taking pictures of a product on playa to promote it online? That’s not even close to being okay.
Dogs & Other Animals
Dogs are not permitted. If you show up with your dog, you will not be admitted to the event. This restriction is for the well-being and safety of participants and their four-legged friends. Burning Man is a loud, tumultuous, and scary place for any animal — do not bring them with you.
Don’t Steal Street Signs
Emergency Services rely on street signs to navigate our city when responding to emergencies, and participants count on them to find their way around. All signs must remain in place through the Temple burn on Sunday night. Seriously folks, we need your help stopping the rampant theft of street signs early in the event. Recently signs are being stolen right when the Gate opens. If you see this happening, say something — this is your city!
Children & Families
Burning Man has always been a family affair. Kids are an important part of our culture in BRC and around the world. Parents are responsible for their children’s well being at all times. If a child goes missing or you encounter a lost child, alert a Black Rock Ranger. Always be respectful and aware of the presence of children in BRC. “Kidsville” is a large Theme Camp for families located between 5:00 and 5:30 between Eulogy and Genuflect. If you are interested in camping with Kidsville, learn more on their website. If you are not a family-friendly camp, please place yourself far away from it. For more info, contact kidsburningmanorg (kidsburningmanorg) and check out our Survival Guide specifically for families.
Burning Man is not a festival. Burning Man is a community. A temporary city. A global cultural movement based on 10 practical principles. We don’t book acts or provide entertainment. What happens here is up to you! There is no corporate sponsorship. You are entering a decommodified space that values who you are, not what you have. You are expected to collaborate, to be inclusive, creative, connective, and clean up after yourself. Participate actively as a citizen of Black Rock City.
Consent is the cornerstone of a healthy community. It’s simple: whether it’s a potential sexual encounter, physical touch of any kind, something requiring permission that will radically alter the experience of another person, or involving the recording of someone’s image or voice, you are responsible for getting verbal consent before engaging. It is neither ethical nor acceptable to proceed without that person’s awareness and clear consent. Period. As the Bureau of Erotic Discourse reminds us: “Silence is not consent.” Black Rock City citizens are encouraged to understand and help others understand the importance of consent. For more info, visit the B.E.D. website.
Cameras in BRC
Using a camera at Burning Man comes with important responsibilities. As a condition of entry to BRC, participants agree not to interfere with the experience of others and to ask permission before photographing or recording anyone. Pictures from BRC may not be used for any commercial, promotional, editorial or otherwise non-personal reasons without first registering as professional media and receiving Burning Man’s permission.
Burning Man limits media permitted at the event to protect participant privacy and prevent our culture from exploitation. All permitted professional media will be credentialed and their cameras tagged with a unique Media ID #. If someone is being disrespectful with a camera, record their Media # and bring it to Media Mecca (at 10 o’clock on the inner ring, across from Center Camp Café). If they do not have a Media Tag, find a Black Rock Ranger immediately. If you find a picture of you or your images from Burning Man being used without your permission, contact pressburningmanorg (pressburningmanorg) anytime during the year.
Protect Your Belongings
Secure your valuables when away from camp, especially on Burn night. Consider locking valuables in your car. Take pictures of your valuables, record serial numbers, and report them missing immediately if stolen; police can’t easily investigate otherwise. (Tip: Make two spare door keys — hide one and carry one.) Introduce yourself to neighbors and local Black Rock Rangers. Work together to keep your neighborhood secure.
Black Rock City can be an erotically charged environment, particularly for first timers. You can help prevent sexual harassment and assault while ensuring sex-positive free expression thrives. Know and express your boundaries. Ask about and respect the boundaries of others. Look out for each other, including anyone you encounter who might be in distress. If you see behavior that concerns you, contact a Black Rock Ranger.
BRC is not immune to the potential dangers of drug and alcohol use and misuse. Burning Man and its partners in health and safety, including law enforcement, believe in the importance of harm reduction. Here are some things to remember:
- Always be actively hydrating. Bring your own water wherever you go and be sure to get enough electrolytes.
- Get enough sleep.
- Eat enough healthy, nourishing food.
- If you don’t know what’s in something, it’s best not to drink or eat it.
- Burning Man is better with friends; consider using a buddy system.
- There have been incidents of intentional dosing with intent to assault — sometimes referred to as “date rape”. Participants should be aware of this and exercise appropriate caution.
- If you feel like you’ve been dosed without your knowledge, seek help immediately.
- If you see someone who appears to be overly intoxicated, ask them if they need help.
- If you or someone around you needs emergency assistance, get help. Black Rock Rangers, medical personnel, and law enforcement officers are there to help ensure your safety.
If you or someone you’re with is feeling overwhelmed, there are lots of services in Black Rock City to support you. Volunteers from the Zendo Project and the Green Dot team of the Black Rock Rangers are trained to help people going through challenging emotional or psychological processes. Both groups offer safe spaces in BRC. Seek them out. And remember, Black Rock City is our community, and we all need to look out for each other.