City Planning FAQ

Welcome to the PDF City Planning Department's Frequently Asked Questions Page!

What is the City Planning Department?

PDF's City Planning Department are a small but mighty group of volunteers who oversee the layout and create the map of PDF. When you submit a placement or onsite parking request, we're the ones who get it. We use all the submitted information to assign spots to theme camps, sound camps, art support camps, and art pieces. We also review onsite parking requests and grant parking passes. We get onsite pre-event to lay out the City with moopy orange tape, and then help folks find their spots once the event begins.

What is a Theme Camp?

Anyone can create a Theme Camp! A Theme Camis an INTERACTIVE place that provides a public space. Interactivity comes in many forms! Some examples include displaying art, providing a chill space, teaching a skill, playing games, showing off your talent, preparing food/beverages, creating a dance place, hosting a talk, the possibilities are limitless. Theme Camps come in all sizes big and small. Everyone is encouraged to gather your buddies and create whatever it is you have to offer!

What is a Sound Camp?

A Sound Camp is a Theme Camp with amplified sound over 100 watts. Sound Camps must request placement! The sound section of the placement application will be reviewed by the Sound Marshall, and either approved for daytime sound, approved for 24 hour sound, or denied via email shortly after the application deadline date. 

What is an Art Support Camp?

An Art Support Camp is a camp that supports one of the major art builds in Center Camp or an art car along the main road. This camp needs to continuously support their art build or art car, and potentially park a vehicle and/or run a generator near their art. This camp may not have all the interactive elements and public space typical of a Theme Camp, because their main focus is their art. However, we encourage any level of interactivity, decoration, or public space an Art Support Camp might want to bring, including hosting a talk or Q&A session about the art.

  • Directions to submit a Placement Request for a Theme Camp, Sound Camp, or Art Support Camp:
  1. ​Log into playadelfuego.org using your username and password
  2. Click MY APPLICATIONS in the banner at the top of the site
  3. Under "Applications for Current Burn" click on the blue link (Request Placement)
  4. Read the information at the top
  5. FIll out the form
  6. Hit Save to submit your request. You should get an automatic email reply confirming it was received.
  7. We will review each request and place each camp based on the answers provided. Assume your camp will be placed unless you are later unresponsive if we reach out to you with questions

What is a Parking Pass?

All vehicles that park onsite during PDF must have a parking pass. You must get your parking pass before the event. To get a parking pass, you must submit an Onsite Parking Request, and your request must be approved by a City Planning Coordinator. You must submit a parking pass for each vehicle you are requesting to park onsite. 

  • Directions to submit an Onsite Parking Request:
  1. ​Log into playadelfuego.org using your username and password
  2. Click MY APPLICATIONS in the banner at the top of the site
  3. Under "Applications for Current Burn" click on the blue link (Request On Site Parking)
  4. Read the information at the top
  5. FIll out the form
  6. Hit Save to submit your request. You should get an automatic email reply confirming it was received.
  7. We will review and approve/deny each request individually. You will receive another email with our decision. If your request is approved, your name and vehicle will be on the Onsite Parking list, and your parking pass will be waiting for you at the PDF Gate.

When do applications open and close?

Check out the Dates and Deadlines page: http://playadelfuego.org/event/DatesDeadlines

What if I missed the deadline?

Don't worry. You can still bring a camp to PDF... you just won't get a reserved space or be able to be a Sound Camp with amplified sound. Show up and set up in Open Camping and do your thing. Sorry, no large vehicles permitted in Open Camping.

Are all Theme Camps required to "Request Placement"?

It depends. If your camp needs/wants certain privileges, you can only get them by requesting placement. For example, any camp that wants to be a Loud Sound Camp (amplified or other sound over 100 watts) MUST request placement. Any camp with onsite vehicles MUST request placement. For a camp to be located around the Burn field/Center Camp, they MUST request placement. For a camp to appear on the PDF Map, they MUST request placement. If your camp is hoping to share a generator, you will have the most success if you request placement, because City Planning can place you next to a camp that also wants to share.

Are all submitted camp placement requests approved?

Pretty much. Unless we reach out to you with questions on your application, and you don't reply, your camp will be placed. That is why it's incredibly important for you to notify us ASAP if your camp's plans change after you've submitted a placement request. In general, if you've submitted your placement application and received the auto-reply email that says your application has been received, your camp will be placed.

Are all submitted sound requests approved?

No, this is at the discretion of the Sound Marshall based on your application and other factors. Camps can be approved for 24-hour sound, daytime sound only, or a specific date/time, or they can be denied amplified sound altogether.

Are all submitted parking pass requests approved?

No, space is liimited, volunteers are human, and ground conditions cannot be guaranteed.

I need placement for my art. What do I do?

You may set up your art in your placed Theme Camp, but please include its name and description in the Theme Camp placement request, so that we can include it on the map. If you just need placement for your art (and no campers) you may ask for Art Placement online. Fill out this very brief form to get your art placed and listed on the PDF map: http://playadelfuego.org/node/add/art-placement

How do we get our Theme Camp and our events in the printed WWW guide.

  1. ​Log into playadelfuego.org using your username and password
  2. Click MY APPLICATIONS in the banner at the top of the site
  3. Under "Applications for Current Burn" look for WHAT WHERE WHEN and click on the blue links Add EventAdd Art or  Add Joke )
  4. FIll out the form
  5. Hit Save to submit your request.

Please note, the deadline for applications and WWW submissions are different. Dates and Deadlines here: http://playadelfuego.org/event/DatesDeadlines

I want to bring a big sound system. Do I have to do something special to register?

You must submit a placement request for your camp and choose "Loud" for your volume level, then fill out the additional sound questions. Your application will then be reviewed by the Sound Marshall, and either approved for daytime sound (10am-12am), approved for 24-hour sound, or denied.

We are creating the greatest Theme Camp ever! Can we get comped tickets?

Nope. No one gets a comped ticket at PDF. Not me, not you, not the Board, not even Larry Harvey.

We are creating the most intricate Theme Camp ever! Can we get early entry?

No, sorry. Early entry puts an incredible strain on our pre-event activities and volunteers, and it just isn't possible at this time.

My Theme Camp has 30+ people in it, so does that mean I can reserve a huge spot?

Nope, each spot is about the same size (50' x 70'). Some a bit larger, some a bit smaller, some more square, and some more rectangular. The size of a spot is determined by public areas, not by how many campmates you have. If you think you'll be tight on space, you may want to ask some of your camp mates to camp in Open Camping.

We need power for our camp, but we don't have a generator. Can we get power?

Most likely. The event doesn't offer power, but another Theme Camp may have minimal power to share. We'll hook you up and place you next to a camp with a generator. You'll need to take it from there and introduce yourself to your neighbors, ask around, and bring extension cords and gas to kick in.

My Theme Camp requires a quiet place. Is it possible to still do our thing?

Yes. There are areas that are designated as quiet areas. Placement is determined by requested sound levels. Make sure you make it clear in your application that this is your top priority.

My Theme Camp requires a dark place. Is it possible to still do our thing?

Yes. Your Camp's placement can be determined by this request. Make sure you make it clear in your application that this is your top priority.

When is the latest map available?

The map gets emailed to all placed Camp Leaders and Artists one week before the event (Wednesday). It is also linked to the bottom of this page.

Can I see the placement map from the last event or current event?

Yup, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the link.

I have so many questions. / I'm new to all this. / I could use some more help. Who do I ask?

Contact our Coordinators; they will hold your hand and tell you it'll all be okay!

For Placement questions, emal themecamps@playadelfuego.org

For Parking Pass questions, email onsiteparking@playadelfuego.org

Click below to see the latest City Map

http://playadelfuego.org/event/city-map