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: Buy Your Delivery Driver a 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.
Who is this option good for? This option is ideal for delivery drivers who also want to attend the event, groups that do not require many deliveries, and delivery providers who are fine using the main gate for entry regardless of potential wait times.
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, they must have a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) from the BLM. The SRP application is available on the 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 the BLM 30 days after the event.
Option 2: 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 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. 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.
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 purchases a $990 delivery ticket 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 refunded. If items need to be picked up post-event, the driver will need to keep the “pick-up form” provided by Box Office.
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.
- 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 the BLM and participate in Burning Man’s Outside Services Program — see Option 4 below.
Option 4: Outside Services Program
How does this option work? Burning Mans’ Outside Services (OSS) program is intended to help support projects by facilitating access to the event site by larger-scale service providers. Providers who wish to participate in this program must complete the Outside Services Program application by the deadline (which was Friday, April 27th, 2018 and next year will be Friday, April 26th, 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 SRP for the event. An SRP is mandatory for all providers in the OSS program.
NOTE: For the 2019 Burning Man event, new service providers must submit their SRP application to the BLM by February 25, 2019. Returning service providers must renew their SRP with the BLM by April 26, 2019. BLM will not accept late submissions.
Applicants invited to participate in the OSSs program must sign a contract with Burning Man agreeing to the program’s terms and restrictions. Drivers with OSS credentials are able to make deliveries on playa via the delivery gate 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 been placed on playa and makes a representative available to coordinate the delivery.
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 Special Recreation Permit (SRP) from the BLM. The SRP application is available on the 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.