BLM now accepting applications for Commercial Activity Permits at the 2020 Burning Man Event

WINNEMUCCA, NV – The Bureau of Land Management, Black Rock Field Office, is requesting all new and returning persons or businesses wishing to conduct commercial activities at the 2020 Burning Man Event, submit their application by the close of business (4:30 p.m. PST) on Feb. 11, 2020.

Returning persons or businesses that held a permit at the 2019 Burning Man Event must also apply by Feb. 11, 2020. Returning applicants must be in good standing with the Bureau of Land Management to be considered for the 2020 renewal process. Returning businesses’ standings were provided in their 2019 evaluations and should be reviewed before applying.

Persons or businesses that wish to provide commercial aviation services to the event must apply with Dusty Charters Inc. You may apply at

New or returning applicants may apply by filling out and returning a 2930-1 Form (Special Recreation Permit Application) to Chelsea McKinney, Burning Man project manager for the Black Rock Field Office. The 2930-1 form can be accessed here:

A commercial use is defined as, “recreation use of the public lands and related waters for business or financial gain.” The activity, services or use is commercial if – “(i) Any person, group, or organization makes or attempts to make a profit, receive money, amortize equipment, or obtain goods or services, as compensation from participants in recreational activities occurring on public lands led, sponsored or organized by that person, group or organization; (ii) Anyone collects a fee or receives other compensation that is not strictly a sharing or actual expenses, or exceeds actual expenses, incurred for the purposes of the activity, service or use. (iii) There is paid public advertising to seek participants; or (iv) Participants pay for a duty of care or an expectation of safety.”

Applications submitted after their due date will be denied. The BLM recommends that applicants sending physical applications do so with certified mail to insure the application is received by the due date. Dates for submitting applications are:

New and Returning Applicants: Feb. 11, 2020

Completed applications may be emailed to Ms. McKinney at or a hard copy may be sent via certified mail to the following address:

Black Rock Field Office

Attn: Chelsea McKinney

5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd.

Winnemucca, NV 89445

For further information or questions, please contact Ms. McKinney via email or at (775)


This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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