Rules and Policies

Lost Badge Policy

Lost Badges = Buy a new Badge.

  1. If you do lose your badge please check with Convention Operations (Con Ops) to see if your badge has been turned in.
  2. Please return all “Found” badges to Con Ops.
  3. Proper identification MUST be provided in order for your lost badge to be returned to you.
  4. We suggest writing your name on the back of your badge.

Behavior Policy

  • Anything that is illegal outside of the convention is illegal inside the convention.
  • Harassment will not be tolerated. Banzaicon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free convention experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion.
  • Please take mock battles outside (unless its part of an event).
  • Note that behavioral policy is subject to perspective: if you are doing anything out of line;
  • Staff reserve the right to revoke your badge without question or fairness. All Staff decisions are final.

Prop Policy

  • Regarding weapons purchased in the dealers room: After purchasing a weapon that normally violates our Prop policy, it must remain in its packaging and be taken immediately to your room or car for storage.
  • No metal swords, knives, bayonets, cane swords, and/or other objects made of metal, which have a sharp point or sharpened edge. Exceptions may be made for cosplayers during the masquerade.
  • No real or replica guns of any kind permitted. Exceptions may be made for cosplayers during the masquerade.
  • Gun Exceptions: Easily identifiable toy plastic guns with no moving parts and that have a clearly visible orange tip will be permitted. Resin models will be permitted as long as they are marked with clearly visible orange tip. Guns made with craft materials for cosplay are permitted, but must have a bright orange non-removable tip.
  • Nunchakus are not permitted. Nunchaku made out of craft materials for cosplay purposes will be permitted in the halls so long as it is not misused. Exceptions otherwise may be made for cosplayers during the masquerade.
  • There are to be no explosives or chemicals of any kind, including but not limited to smoke powder, sparklers and fireworks.
  • Bows: Bows must be unstrung at the con. We understand that your bow may be an important part of your cosplay, but we don’t wish for people to be accidentally harmed. Exceptions may be made on a case my case basis with the cosplay department while taking part in the masquerade.
  • Fake or made-up weaponry (example: made of wood, plastic, foam, plaster of Paris, cloth etc) are permitted if they are safe and not dangerous to the other con-goers around you. For example, dangerous conditions include but are not limited to wires sticking out, items that trip passersby, clothes lining a member, etc.
  • Please limit the size of the weapons/props to less than 8 feet in height and must be a reasonable weight (I.e… if you can’t carry it on your own or it requires more than one person then it will not be permitted. If you do happen to make something heavy, make sure you are able to carry it without a problem.
  • Misuse of any Prop, such as swinging it in a public area or causing hazards to passerby attend, will get your privilege revoked immediately. If we deem a Prop to be unsafe for the convention, we will request you to store the unsafe prop in your private quarters (i.e.: your room or car). If there is a repeat offense, we will escort you out of the convention and off of convention grounds so that you can place the weapon in your private quarters.
  • All Props brought into the convention should be brought to the security desk for inspection by security staff.
  • All questionable items will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Anything deemed illegal outside the convention is deemed illegal inside the convention premises.

Banzaicon Dress Code

  • Please do not wear clothing with distasteful messages or words.
  • Proper footwear is required at all times by the Convention Center. An exception is made for cosplayers during the masquerade.
  • No roller blades, roller skates, or hoverboards. An exception is made for cosplayers during the masquerade.
  • Short skirts, kilts, etc must be accompanied by proper underwear. Ineffective underwear or a lack thereof constitutes indecent exposure. A dancer’s belt must be worn with bodysuit.
  • Clothing should at least cover what a 2-piece bikini (for females) or swim shorts (for males) would cover.
  • Signs that are held or messages/words written on shirts or your body are permitted but they must stay tasteful.
  • Any replica firearms must be kept concealed outside of the convention space.

Selling of Items

Unless you are part of the artist alley, dealers room, or paid for a photographer pass, you cannot sell anything. The exception to this is the Otaku Flea Market where you will be allowed to sell your unwanted anime & manga related items.

Glow sticks, energy drinks, crafted items, and art are never permitted (except for AA and dealer room). NO Panhandling of any kind