You’re entering the magical land of Black Rock City, but all applicable federal, state and local laws still exist at the Burning Man event. Numerous law enforcement agencies patrol Black Rock City and the surrounding communities and roadways, and illegal action can lead to citation or arrest.

Law enforcement officers have a difficult job, on and off the playa. Please respect the valuable work they do keeping our city safe. It is the duty of all law enforcement personnel to enforce the law, and they are there to help protect our citizenry.

The Pershing County Sheriff and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are on site to enforce all applicable federal, state, and local laws. The roads leading into and out of the event are patrolled by the Nevada State Police, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Pershing County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pyramid Lake Police Department. It is not the mission of these agencies to police your lifestyle or inhibit self-expression. It is their duty to uphold the law — please cooperate.


This Survival Guide provides information about laws and regulations applicable to activities within the Black Rock Desert in the State of Nevada, and at the Burning Man event. Legal information is not legal advice, and although we strive to ensure the accuracy and usefulness of the information here, you should consult with a lawyer if you want legal advice about a particular situation.