Placement Process

So, you want to register a camp for Black Rock City? If you’d like to be considered for an opportunity to receive a reserved camping spot for your camp or village, you’ll need to learn about the placement process and submit the Camp Placement Questionnaire before the deadline. This process is facilitated by Placement Team volunteers.

Camp Placement Questionnaire
Placement Timeline
Camp Categories and Criteria
Camp Size
Camp Standing
Camp Support

Camp Placement Questionnaire

All camps desiring placement in Black Rock City must fill out the Camp Placement Questionnaire, which goes live typically in February and closes at 12 pm Noon Pacific Time on the last Thursday of April. See Burner Profiles for exact dates in a specific year. The questionnaire is completed within Burner Profiles.

Placement Timeline

  • The Camp Placement Questionnaire closes at 12 pm Noon Pacific Time on the last Thursday in April. 
  • The Placement Team spends May reviewing the 1000+ questionnaires we received.
  • The Placement Team spends June creating the map of Black Rock City.
  • We announce Placement decisions in early July to all camps that submitted a Camp Placement Questionnaire.

Camp Categories and Criteria

There are many categories of camps. When you fill out the Camp Placement Questionnaire, you will choose the appropriate camp category. To receive placement, camps must meet the criteria for their camp category. The decision for whether or not a camp receives placement and where in the city they are placed is determined based on the submitted Camp Placement Questionnaire.

Theme camps began in 1995 and have become the way the majority of people camp and participate in Black Rock City. There are also villages, which are groups of two or more theme camps containing a minimum of 38 to 50 people.

Theme camps and villages must meet the Camp Placement Criteria to receive placement. Please review that page in its entirety.

There are art support camps that support registered art installations on the playa and mutant vehicle camps that support registered mutant vehicles. There are also Burning Man Project Department and work support camps.

Support camps must meet criteria specific to their category. Please see the Support Camps page for more details.

Camp Standing

After Black Rock City has become dust once again, the Placement Team collects feedback about all camps (including mutant vehicle camps and art support camps) and determines their standing. Camps are either in good standing, limited standing, or not in good standing each year.

Each criterion within the Camp Placement Criteria includes a detailed explanation of what we encourage your camp to strive for (Here’s What We Hope To See), as well as the things we consider when determining your camp standing (Here’s What We’ll Look For). You can read the criteria to be in good standing.

Your camp standing will impact things like Directed Group Sale (DGS) ticket allocations as well as your ability to be placed in the following year. For placed theme camps and villages to receive access to DGS tickets the following year, their camp must be in good standing. If a camp is not in good standing, they will not be invited to the DGS ticket sale and may not receive future placement. If a camp is in limited standing, they may receive between 25-75% of their otherwise allotted DGS tickets.

If a mutant vehicle camp or art support camp is in limited or not in good standing with the Placement Team based on the criteria to be in good standing, Placement will share the camp’s standing and their DGS recommendation (if eligible) with the DMV or Art Department.

Camp Support

If you have questions regarding camp placement, first read through the Camps and Placement section of the website, check the FAQ, and you can always email placement@burningman.org.

If you have questions on how to make your camp amazing or handle a challenge within your camp, check out the offerings of the Camp Support Team and read the Camp Resource Guide.

Thank you for creating a theme camp or village for Black Rock City!