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Pricing & Reservations

Once you become an approved client of Culinary Commons, you can make single or recurring reservations to use the kitchen space.


Prices include use of the space, major kitchen equipment, utilities and cleaning supplies. The maximum consecutive rental time period is two full days.



Half day* (6 hours)


Full day (14 hours)


*Half days are divided into two blocks of time each day:

  • Block 1: 8:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
  • Block 2: 4:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.

Making a Reservation

The Culinary Commons Incubator Kitchen is leased only to approved and compliant clients. Priority is given to contracted vendors and standing reservations, allowing our clients to establish a regular schedule. New and additional reservations are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. (Clients requiring high frequency use can work with the KU Small Business Development Center and K-State Research and Extension—Douglas County to find a more appropriate location.)

Once the application is approved, clients may start requesting reservations via the Fairgrounds Web Portal by going to A reservation is not finalized until a Rental Agreement, applicable licenses, proper insurance, and rental fees are received by the Douglas County Maintenance Department (see above).

Douglas County Maintenance
Judicial & Law Enforcement Center
111 E 11th St. Unit 202
Lawrence, KS 66044-2981
(785) 832-5296 Fax (785) 832-5262 

No reservation will be accepted more than six (6) months in advance of the event or activity.

Changes to Rental Agreement 

Changes to the Rental Agreement must be agreed upon at least two weeks prior to rental and are
up to the discretion of Douglas County Management.


Notice of cancellation is required within 72 hours of reservation in order to receive full refund. If a client is a no call/no show 3 or more times, Fairgrounds management reserves the right to cancel any future reservations. Failure to comply with this contractual obligation will result in forfeiture of any and all rental fees paid to date for the associated reservation.

Rental Fee Payment

Initial Payment

First time Culinary Commons Incubator Kitchen clients must submit the following items at least two weeks in advance of their initial use of the kitchen:

  • Rental fee
  • Signed Rental Agreement

The Culinary Common’s fees and Agreement must be delivered in person or by mail to the Douglas County Maintenance Department (see above). Payments can be made as cash or check. Failure to deliver these items to the Maintenance Department within the 2-week period will result in forfeiture of all rental rights and fees, including access to the Fairgrounds.

Repeated Use

Subsequent rental payments must be received in advance of scheduled rentals, as agreed upon with Douglas County Maintenance staff. Regular kitchen clients can seek to establish a blanket agreement for a year in duration to cover recurrent or subsequent rentals.

Overage Time

Any overage of time beyond the check-out time will be billed at a rate of $45.00 an hour, with a one hour minimum.

Returned Checks

If your check is returned, there will be a $35.00 return check fee and any further payments shall be required in form of a check, cash, or money order. Return check fee may be taken from rental deposit or paid in advance of subsequent rental.

Damage Charges

By submitting an application and using the Culinary Commons Incubator Kitchen, the client agrees to pay for any and all damage done to property, facilities, fixtures or grounds occurring during the time period of the client’s use, but only to the extent resulting from client’s negligent or willful act or omission, or the negligent or willful act or omission of the client’s officers, agents, employees, guests, patrons, or invitees. If Douglas County pursues legal remedies available for collection of debt, the applicant agrees to pay all costs of collection efforts, including but not limited to attorney fees and court costs. Damage includes theft of any property owned by Douglas County that is made available for use in the Culinary Commons
Incubator Kitchen. See Policies for more information.