Potable Water Hauling Policies
Any person who is hauling, delivering, vending, providing, or selling potable water to any individual or organized camp other than their own private or individual camp at Burning Man must be permitted by either the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (NDPBH) or the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP).
This policy does not apply to RV providers which provide a water already stocked in the RV for individual use.
Many large theme camps and art projects require materials and services to be delivered on playa. There are a few different options depending on your specific delivery needs. Understand that we cannot allow any deliveries to be made on playa if the drivers do not know exactly where they are going and the name of their contact person and group.
Below are the ONLY ways deliveries can be made on playa:
Option 1: Outside Services Program
How does this option work? Burning Man’s Outside Services (OSS) program supports projects by facilitating access to the event site by larger-scale service providers.
Providers wishing to participate in this program must complete the OSS application by the deadline (Friday, April 26, 2019). At the time of application, providers must submit proof of insurance and a copy of their business license.
Burning Man will confirm with BLM that the provider has submitted all necessary paperwork to obtain a BLM special recreation permit (SRP) for the event. An SRP is mandatory for all providers in the OSS program.
NOTE: For the 2019 Burning Man event, the application process for new service providers has CLOSED. Returning service providers were required to renew their SRPs with BLM by April 26, 2019. BLM does not accept late submissions.
Applicants invited to participate in the OSS program must sign a contract with Burning Man agreeing to the program’s terms and restrictions. Drivers with OSS credentials can make deliveries on playa via the delivery gate from 6 am until 6 pm each day beginning on the date specified in their contract.
OSS providers may not drop any equipment or start any services until a camp has claimed their reserved placement from a member of the Placement Team on playa.
The camp must have a representative available to receive and coordinate the OSS delivery. OSS providers may not claim a reserved placement in place of a representative from the camp and jeopardize their future participation in the program if they do so.
Who is this option good for? Groups that cannot safely transport their own equipment into Black Rock City and need the support of large-scale infrastructure deliveries.
What are the limitations of this option? OSS providers must have the required proof of insurance and business license, and must be able to comply with all other terms of their agreement with Burning Man. OSS providers must also secure their own SRP from BLM. The SRP application is available on BLM’s website <>here.
BLM’s deadline to apply for an SRP is 180 days prior to the event start date for new providers, and 120 days prior to the event start date for returning providers. Providers must call the BLM Winnemucca District Office before submitting or renewing an application: 775-623-1500.
Any provider delivering potable water or prepared food must furnish a Nevada State Health Certificate. Any provider delivering fuel must comply with the fuel delivery requirements.
If you have any questions about the Outside Services Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Option 2: Buy Your Delivery Driver an Event Ticket
How does this option work? Either your group purchases a regular ticket for the delivery driver or the driver purchases their own ticket. The driver can then enter the event site through the main Gate and stay to attend the event if they wish.
The delivery driver must have a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) with the BLM if they are making more than one single delivery.
Who is this option good for? This option is ideal for personal delivery drivers who also want to attend the event.
What are the limitations of this option?
- Your delivery must be made through the main Gate and is subject to potential wait times.
- If your delivery driver must leave the event and return, they will have to buy a $20 in/out pass each time they leave.
- If your delivery driver is making more than one single delivery to you, they must have a special recreation permit (SRP) from BLM. The SRP application is available on BLM’s website here. BLM’s deadline to apply for an SRP is several months prior to the event. Anyone who requires an SRP and does not have one may be fined and/or evicted by BLM.
- As part of the SRP process, the delivery driver (or the company that employs them and obtains the SRP) must report their income and pay a Post Use Fee to BLM 30 days after the event.
- Delivery drivers may not drop any equipment or start any services until a camp has claimed their reserved placement from a member of the Placement Team on playa. The camp must have a representative available to receive and coordinate the delivery. Delivery drivers may not claim a reserved placement in place of a representative from the camp.
Option 3: One-time-use Delivery Ticket
How does this option work? Using a Visa or MasterCard card in the driver’s name, the delivery driver presents a filled out Delivery Request Form and purchases a $1400 delivery ticket (plus applicable taxes and fees) at the Box Office of the event.
Delivery tickets are one-time-use only and refundable. The delivery driver has six (6) hours to deliver their goods and return to the Box Office with their ticket and credit card to have the cost of the ticket and associated taxes and fees refunded. If the delivery is during pre-event before the main gate is open, the delivery driver will need a Work Access Pass (WAP) in addition to purchasing this ticket.
If items need to be picked up post-event, the driver will need to keep the “post-event pick-up form” and refund receipt provided by the Box Office and will need to present BOTH to the Gate staff for access to pick up the items post-event.
Who is this option good for? This option is good for groups who only need a single delivery.
What are the limitations of this option?
- Delivery tickets cannot be purchased in advance of the event, so drivers will be required to pull over, park in the Will Call lot, get out and purchase a ticket from the Box Office. (Expedite the process by having your driver print and fill out this form to present at the Box Office in order to purchase the delivery ticket.)
- Drivers must use their own credit cards for the purchase — tickets cannot be paid for in cash or by the delivery recipient.
- If the delivery driver does not return to the Box Office within six hours, they forfeit the cost of the ticket and will not receive a refund.
- A delivery driver may only buy ONE delivery ticket to allow for a single delivery, so it is not an option for anyone needing multiple deliveries. The single delivery can be a single unit or comprised of several units on one truck.
Any company that will be making multiple deliveries to the event must have a valid special recreation permit (SRP) from BLM and participate in Burning Man’s Outside Services program — see Option 1 above.
Option 4: Meet Your Delivery at the Main Gate
How does this option work? At a predetermined time, a member of your group meets the delivery driver at the main event Gate, picks up your delivery, and brings it into the event. The delivery driver and their vehicle never actually enter the event.
Who is this option good for? This option is good for groups who have small, or drivable, one-time deliveries and who can arrange to have their delivery arrive at a specific time.
What are the limitations of this option? Your delivery must be made at the main Gate and is subject to potential wait times. You must be able to communicate with your delivery driver and coordinate their arrival at the Gate in advance, so you know when to meet them. You will likely not have any means of contacting them once you are on playa.
The delivery driver cannot enter the event site and will not be allowed to offload or stage your delivery — your group member must be there to receive it and transport it into Black Rock City.
If any delivery is left unattended, it risks being evicted from the event site. It is the responsibility of the receiving participant to educate the driver and ensure they do not leave any equipment unattended anywhere within the Burning Man event closure order area. Failure to comply can lead to citation and prosecution by BLM.
Finally, your group must be able to take the delivery out of the city — with this option, you can’t have the delivery picked up on site post-event. Please plan for being able to properly get the delivered equipment out of the city, as there is no entry into the event site post-event without proper credentials.