Storage Container FAQ

Q: How does the BRC Storage Program work?

A: The service works as follows:

  • Add your camp’s name to the wait list when it opens.
  • When your camp name comes up, you will be offered the chance to purchase a 20′ x 8′ foot shipping container.
  • You must sign a legal contract and pay for the container, storage and delivery fees.
  • You must register with Placement as a theme camp.
  • It will be delivered to your theme camp during the event, in a location you pre-identify.
  • When the event is over, pack it up and we’ll store it in the off season.
  • The following year, we’ll deliver it once again to your placed theme camp.

Q: How do I get on the wait list?

A: The wait list will potentially re-open towards the end of 2019. The list will be open for a very limited time period in order to keep the wait time to approximately two (2) seasons. This means if you sign up for the wait list in fall of 2019, you should be offered the opportunity to purchase a container at some time prior to the 2022 event season.

Q: How do I make my annual payment?

A: Once you have signed up for the program, you will be provided instructions on how to make annual payments. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and checks.

Q: How long do I have to sign up when offered a new container?

A: Containers and space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis in the order you are on our wait list, while supplies last. You have two (2) weeks to reply and confirm you want a container or to delay your offer to the next year. If you do not reply, the container will be offered to the next participant/camp on the wait list.

Once you have confirmed that you want to purchase a container and provided the requested information, you will have two (2) weeks from receiving the contract to sign the contract and provide payment for the container.

Q: Can you describe the cost associated with the service?

A: The following charges apply:

  • One time charge for container purchase, permit-required painting and preparation.
  • Re-occurring annual fee for storage and round trip delivery fee for transporting your container to playa.
  • Additional costs apply as needed.
  • If your camp takes a year off you are still responsible for the storage fee.

Q: How does the delivery system work?

A: The system works as follows:

  • Pre-pay the the container, storage and delivery fees.
  • Register your camp with Placement.
  • Provide a detailed camp map to the storage team.
  • Arrive on playa and voila there is your container.
  • Post event, pack it up, lock it and we will take it from there.

Q: How does Placement work for camps with containers?

A: Please follow the link here to read about changes in 2019 to Placement qualifications and how Container Camps work with the Placement Program.

Q: How do I file a placement questionnaire?

A: The following outlines the steps to begin your questionnaire:

  1. Create a burner profile here: http://profiles.burningman.com/
  2. After you’ve created your burner profile, click on the Participation Forms at http://profiles.burningman.com/participate/
  3. Choose “Camp Placement Questionnaire”

Q: What needs to be included on the camp plan?

A: Camp plans must include:

  • Your PC Container number (i.e. PC11).
  • Two (2) measurements to the container including one from the road and one from a side of your camp.
  • The door direction.
  • First on playa camp contact, name, phone and email.

**BRC storage does not know your camp location. Placement will not provide your exact location either. If your camp infrastructure is heavily reliant on your container placement, consider providing maps that outline each possible variation of layout.

Q: Who owns the container?

A: You, the participant or the camp, own the container. However, it will need to meet certain criteria to be stored in the yard. Specifically, Washoe County requires all the containers be painted the same “sand tan” color for permitting and zoning reasons. Your container will be prepped accordingly as part of your purchase price. The contract for storage at our facility prohibits altering the color by repainting your container or adding any permanent additions to the exterior of the container.

Q: When can I arrive at Burning Man?

A: Container owners must have a ticket to Burning Man and a valid Work Access Pass if arriving before the event gates open. This service does not come with an offer or guarantee of any tickets or Work Access Passes. You must acquire those through other authorized means.

Q: Is this only for placed theme camps and art projects?

A: Anybody that plans to attend the Burning Man Event can sign up for this service. All container owners will be required to register with Placement whether they choose to be a Theme Camp or not as we have to flag container camps in order to deliver the storage containers.

As stated in the contract, this services does NOT bypass Placement, ticketing or early arrival processes. You still need to apply for tickets, placement and any early arrival using the existing processes.

Q: What about “radical self reliance”? This seems like a step away from that principle.

A: We agree that Radical Self Reliance is essential to the experience at Burning Man, but the fact is, this program is not about hand-holding, and ultimately, you’ll still be responsible for deconstructing, packing, and cleaning up every last shred of your camp/project, just as before (and those who know will attest: that’s already an heroic feat with some projects!). Yes, in some ways we hope that by making the transport and storage of large projects just a bit more local, artists and collaborators of every stripe will find it possible to build on their efforts from year to year. One of our aims is creating conditions for you to dream up ever more elaborate and compelling projects in Black Rock City, instead of starting from home with the same huge pile of stuff year after year.

But in a way, group storage can be viewed as enhancing our collective Radical Self-Reliance, not merely making individual projects easier. What’s even more important, this option will ease Burning Man’s overall impact on the environment (shorter, streamlined transport; fewer large trucks rented and driven across the country). By pooling together our efforts, our community can rely less on outside storage & other external services to rebuild Black Rock City year after year.

Q: What about insurance?

A: It is highly recommended that you insure your container and contents. The contract you sign limits Burning Man’s liability.

Q: What are the containers like?

A: The containers 20′ long by 8′ wide by 8′ tall, wind and weather tight, previously used C Grade quality and can be locked (you must provide your own lock).

The specifications given to us from the vendor are:

External Dimensions = 20′ long by 8′ wide by 8.5′ tall.
Internal Dimensions =19.25′ long by 7.5′ wide by 7.9′ tall. Floor area = 145 sq ft.
Empty Weight = 4650 lbs.
Maximum Allowable Weight Loaded = 20,000 lbs.

They will be painted a sand tan color and may not be decorated otherwise due to county regulations. A container can be used during the event as great wind block and you can integrate their solid walls into your camp build out. They are a great anchor point — we’ve seen decks, stages, and all manner of enhancements made from these sturdy building blocks. Additionally, any decks or additions added to the container must be removable. The containers can not be stored with any additions to the outsides or top of the containers. All contents must be stored inside the container.

Q: What can I store in the containers?

A: The following are required:

  • Total weight of 20,000 lbs, distributed evenly
  • No hazardous materials, including ANY and all storage containers for flammable and combustible liquids
  • No flammables or combustibles, period
  • No live materials like plants
  • No food or perishable items
  • Container contents must be winterized if necessary
  • For more information please review the contract here: https://storage.burningman.org/contract-preview/

Q: Can I move my Container around while I work out my theme camp arrangement?

A: At the event, we only allow one drop in the theme camp. You must identify a representative that points out location and orientation within your camp. Once it is placed, it can not be moved by our equipment until it is transported again post event.

Q: I am sharing my container, where should I place it within Black Rock City?

A: In the spirit of the Ten Principles of Burning Man, practice radical self reliance and communal effort. Please work out amongst your community the best location for your container. Consider requesting to have your theme camps placed in close proximity to one another or create a “village“. We will not move containers between camps.

Q: What if I don’t want my container any longer?

A: The steps are as follows:

  1. Identify who you’d like to sell your container to. We can help connect you with those on the waitlist if necessary.
  2. Provide your name, email, camp name, contact info and PC number to BRCstorage@burningman.org AND those details for the potential new owner.
  3. Burning Man will draw up a transfer agreement that must be signed by both parties.
  4. Sign the agreement.
  5. Pay the $350 transfer fee; either the old or new owner may do this.
  6. Burning Man does not facilitate payment for the container. We ask that you sell it for no more than you purchased it for.

Q: What if an occupant abandons their personal property?

A: If an owner abandons their container, we follow Nevada laws. Nevada has a good description of lien laws, and what might happen if it is abandoned or if the rental amount remains unpaid for a specified amount of time. Please review all sections when you sign the contract in which these conditions are outlined.

Q: How does this compare to other options?

A: Groups have provided us feedback that they are spending $1500 to $5000 “or more” on yearly rental trucks, storage units, gas and mileage. Not to mention the time, effort, flat tires and stress involved with shipping heavy loads. While there are other container programs and companies out there, we believe our program offers our participants a good value.

Please note that our program does not offer access to your container off playa. If this is an issue for your camp, this may not be the best program for your needs.

Q: What lock do you recommend?

A: We prefer the Master Lock 176 Combinations (solid brass combination model, not the 176D  or any other combination of “D” “X” or ” LH” ). This lock has the longest life expectancy in an alkaline environment.  It also has an override on the side that lets you get into it without cutting it off if combination is lost.