Placement Process

If you’d like to be considered for an opportunity to receive a reserved camping spot for your camp or village in Black Rock City, this page is for you! On here, you’ll learn about the placement process, how and when to submit the Placed Camp Questionnaire, and what we’re looking for when you apply. This process is facilitated by a fabulous set of volunteers on the Placement Team.

Placed Camp Questionnaire
Placement Timeline
Camp Placement Criteria
Camp Types and Categories
Camp Size
Camp Standing
Statement of Intent 
Camp Support

Placed Camp 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 Pacific Time on the last Thursday of March for returning theme camps and villages. New theme camps and villages, and all art support camps can submit the questionnaire until 12 pm Pacific Time on the last Thursday in April. See Burner Profiles for exact dates in a specific year. The questionnaire is completed within Burner Profiles.

Placement Timeline

  • December: Statement of Intent opens for returning theme camps and villages in your Burner Profile
  • January: Statement of Intent due at 12pm PT / 3pm ET / 7pm GMT
  • February: DGS allocations provided to camp leads of returning camps
  • Mid-February: Form opens in Burner Profiles for Camp Leads from returning camps to distribute DGS access
  • Late February: Placed Camp Questionnaire opens for all camps in Burner Profiles
  • Last Thursday in March: Placed Camp Questionnaire for returning camps due at 12pm PT / 3pm ET / 7pm GMT
  • Last Thursday in April: Placed Camp Questionnaire for new camps and art support camps due at 12pm PT / 3pm ET / 7pm GMT
  • Early June: Final Placement decisions and addresses announced
  • July: DGS allocated to new camps
  • September: Post-Playa Report opens
  • October: Post-Playa Report due
  • November: Camp standings announced to camps

Camp Placement Criteria

Camps are offered reserved placement after meeting a set of criteria that we expect as valued citizens of Black Rock City. Camps receiving placement are expected to be good neighbors, reflect the culture and values that stem from Burning Man’s 10 Principles, operate safely, respect the land and leave no trace, and be self-reliant.

Theme camps and villages are additionally offered placement and potential access to Directed Group Sale Tickets if they meet criteria to be interactive, have visual impact, and provide unique offerings. Please review the Camp Placement Criteria in its entirety for understand the full set of expectations. Each criterion 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).

Camp Types and Categories

Most placed camps in Black Rock City are theme camps, but there are other types of placed camps, too. When you fill out the Placed Camp Questionnaire through the BRC Participation Page of Burner Profiles, you will be asked to choose the appropriate category for your camp. Here’s a quick run-down of camp categories, and please see the Placed Camp Types page for more details about expectations.

  • Theme camps began in 1995 and have become the way the majority of people camp and participate in Black Rock City.
  • Villages are groups of two or more theme camps containing a minimum of 38 to 50 people.
  • Art support camps support registered art installations on the playa.
  • Mutant vehicle camps support registered mutant vehicles and are subject to size limitations.

There are also Burning Man Project Department and work support camps for staff helping to BRC city safe and running

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.

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. Placed theme camps and villages must be in good standing and complete a Statement of Intent (see below) in order to receive access to DGS tickets the following year. 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.

Statement of Intent (SOI)

Beginning in 2022, Placement is requiring returning theme camps and villages that are in good standing to submit a Statement of Intent (SOI) in order to receive Direct Group Sale ticket allocations for the following year.​ Village mayors should complete this on behalf of all the camps within their village, and camps within villages should not complete this individually as you would a Placed Camp Questionnaire. The SOI gives camps/villages a chance to tell us that us their plans for preliminary plans for size and interactivity.

Theme camps and villages who have not been placed or are not in goods standing should not complete the SOI. Support camps including art support, mutant vehicle support, and work support camps must contact their respective departments to inquire about DGS allocations for their groups. We’ve prepared this nifty FAQ if you have more questions about the SOI.

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!