Fog device subsidy scheme

As part of the Government’s efforts to combat retail crime, a subsidy of up to $4000 is available to small retail businesses to install fog devices.

Fog cannons, also known as security smoke generators, are a type of security device that have rapidly gained popularity in recent years. They work by emitting a dense fog that makes it impossible for intruders to see and move around in the protected area, which effectively disorients them and limits their ability to steal or damage anything.

Frequently asked questions

How much funding is available? 

A funding subsidy of $4000 is available to eligible retailers to have a fog device installed through an approved supplier. If the installation required for your store costs more than the funding subsidy you will be required to meet the difference.

What is the application criteria? 

Not all retailers will be eligible for the subsidy. It is targeted at small retail businesses. To be able to access the support, you need to meet all the following criteria:

  • Have road frontage
  • Have five or less total staff
  • No more than two retail premises.
What does the $4000 cover?

The subsidy can only be used for fog cannons. It can’t be used for other crime prevention measures.

  • It is for each outlet. So, if you are eligible for the subsidy and have two outlets, you can get the $4000 subsidy for each outlet.
  • The maximum subsidy for each outlet is $4000.
How do I apply? 

If you are an eligible retailer, it will take around 15 minutes to complete the application form.

To start, you need to log into Business Connect using RealMe. If you do not have a RealMe account, you can create one.

To complete the subsidy application form, you will be asked to supply:

  • your name and email
  • your business name and address
  • a declaration of your eligibility for the subsidy

Apply for the fog cannon subsidy at Business Connect


Please note: If you do not own your business premises, talk to your landlord before applying for the fog cannon subsidy. You might need their permission to install a fog cannon.

If you’re still not sure, contact Retail NZ at [email protected] or call 0800 472 472 (1800 128 086 from Australia).cannon

Remember that the Retail NZ Crime Hub has a range of resources, advice, support, training and guides, to support you and your team dealing with retail crime.

Updated January 2024.

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