Standards of Behavior & Policies

Participant Code of Conduct

  1. Participants are responsible for their own behavior and resolving their own issues.

  2. Emergence strongly suggests behaving in a manner that does not make other participants feel unsafe or threatened and expects everyone to refrain from conduct that would make another's good faith participation in Emergence impossible.

  3. Emergence does not condone behavior that endangers its ability to hold the annual event and other community events.

Participants may report any incident in which another participant is behaving in an abusive, intimidating, threatening, or unsafe manner. (Physical hazards, such as unsafe art installations or fires, should be referred to Rangers.)

Warnings and Bans

Warning and Ban Policy is being drafted and will detail how Emergence may ask participants to change their behavior or not attend events.

Radical Inclusion

Radical inclusion, one of the 10 Principles of Burning Man, is a core aspect of Burn culture Emergence is committed to protecting and fostering. We urge Emergers to actively encourage and support the participation of people of all colors, ethnic backgrounds, sexes, genders, orientations, histories, and geographies. We welcome suggestions concerning how we can broaden and deepen the diversity of Emergence.

Policy re Acidic Art

When radical expression threatens to dissolve the bonds of community we refer to our Acidic Art Policy.


Photography at Emergence

Emergence recognizes and supports photography at our events as a form of expression and participation valued by many Emergers.  Some participants feel that photography at events or the use or publication of personal images negatively affects their experiences, and our Photography Policy (being drafted) will help Emergers navigate competing desires about photography.

Fire Policies, Art, Setup

Fire, Fireworks, Firespinning, and Firearms

Fireworks and firearms are not permitted.

Emergence is, among other things, a fire arts festival, and we welcome artistic expressions involving fire. If you have any fire art (including burn barrels or other open fires and flame effects), you must get it inspected by the Flame Brigade prior to burning. Also, please let us know in advance if you plan to bring fire art so we can coordinate placement and inspection.

Fire Pits/ Camp Fires

All fires of any kind must be attended at all times.​

  • Ground fires are not permitted.

  • Burn only wood in the campfires.

  • NO OUTSIDE FIREWOOD ALLOWED. On site wood will be provided. This is to protect the forest from pests.

A limited number of portable above-ground fire pits will be allowed. Camps with fire pits will:

  • Clear brush, leaves, and pine needles at least 5 feet back from the fire pit.

  • Keep a bucket of water available at all times.

  • Not leave the fire unattended.

Flame Brigade may implement additional restrictions depending on current local conditions.


Fire spinning is allowed in appropriately cleared spaces–not the deep woods or the parking lot.  If you spin, please make sure you are familiar with fire safety guidelines, and contact

Anyone wishing to perform with fire as part of the fire conclave prior to the burning of the Burndala must attend a fire safety meeting, and check-in with the Fire Performance Lead before performing. Fire safety meetings will be announced prior to the event.

Store fuel away from ignition sources (including generators), and tents or other structures.

Flame Art 

Guidelines for Flame Effects

Guidelines for Flame Effects on Mutant Vehicles

Application for Flame Effects

Art Cars

Small art cars–think “small enough that two people can free it when it becomes stuck in the mud”–are welcome at Emergence!  


Event & Camping Policies

Tickets and Wristbands

No tickets will be available for purchase at the gate. All participants must have purchased a ticket to be admitted. All tickets are will-call: Bring your ID.

The Gate crew will check your ID and give you a wristband. People without wristbands will be asked to leave the event so please keep your wristband on.  If you lose your wristband please talk to Gate.

Early Arrival

The 2020 Emergence opens at 10 am on April 23. If you have large projects and camp infrastructure to set up, you may apply for Early Arrival access for entry starting at noon on Monday April 20. 


Maps of the site will be posted. Please respect the event boundaries and the designated sacred spaces. Placement of theme camps will be available as the event approaches. 


Pets are not allowed at Emergence.

There is one exception only: Service Animals as defined by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) are permitted to accompany any participant with a disability who requires one. For planning purposes we do request that you email as early as possible to notify us that your Service Animal will accompany you.

No other domesticated animals are allowed at Emergence, including emotional support animals, or creatures in cages,

Do not bother, feed, or otherwise approach wildlife.


Leave No Trace

Emergence is a Leave No Trace event.  Take everything you brought back out with you, and make sure no trash or other foreign matter is left in your campsite when you leave.

No trash facilities are available. Plan to put all your trash into your vehicle and take it home with you–please don’t deposit your trash in local dumpsters.

Trees, holes, and other permanent modifications

Do not cut live trees. Collect only dead trees for firewood.

Do not dig holes in the ground for firepits, latrines, garbage disposal, or any other purpose.

Do not build permanent trails or other installations without permission from Placement or DPW Core Leads.


No swimming or bathing in the lakes - prehistoric flesh-eating monsters dwell withing (aka alligators). 

Please do not dispose of any rinsewater containing soap within 100 feet of the lakes. 

Bathroom Facilities

Portapotties are provided for the event.  These are pumped and cleaned during the event–please don’t discard trash in the portapotties as this clogs the pump. Do not poop in the woods!


Vending is not allowed.