Vending services at 2018 Burning Man event

Winnemucca, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office would like to reach out to participants of the 2018 Burning Man event in regards to vending services.  Vending is defined as a temporary, short-term, nonexclusive, revocable authorization to sell goods or services on public land and related water in conjunction with a recreation activity.  These are people or businesses who are providing services to the event in a commercial capacity. Vending services at the Burning Man event include but are not limited to; recreation vehicle rentals, generators, kitchen units, bathrooms, etc.  The BLM would like to inform participants that this year only permitted and approved vendors will be allowed to conduct vending services at the 2018 event, and that all others will be removed. 

BLM would like to strongly advise anyone who has hired or scheduled services for the 2018 Burning Man Event to check the list of approved vendors for such services as camp, transportation, recreational vehicle, and air services.  Any services found to be provided without a Special Recreation Permit will be removed from the event. For a list of approved vendors please use attached link.

“Though there has only been a few occurrences of vendors operating at the event without a permit in past years, the BLM is committed to preventing all illegal commercial vending during the event”, said Mark Hall, Field Manager for the Black Rock Field Office. “Individuals or organizations with a desire to provide commercial vending services at the Burning Man event are required to apply ahead of time and complete the required application forms. Those found on playa without a permit will be removed.”

The BLM wants to make it clear that it is up to every participant to make sure they are working with an authorized vendor of the event.  If you are concerned that your vending provider is not authorized, please contact our office and confirm.  “We don’t want to remove equipment that people may need for the event, but to follow the rules of the 2018 Burning Man Closure Order, we need to enforce the policy and remove unauthorized commercial activity”, added Hall.

If you have any questions regarding vending services at the 2018 Burning Man Event please contact the Winnemucca District Office at 775-623-1500. 

The BLM manages more than 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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.

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