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Protect your liquor store with a fog cannon – how to apply for the subsidy

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If you run a small liquor retail business, you may be eligible for a $4,000 subsidy to get a fog cannon installed – here’s how according to

What are fog cannons?

Fog cannons can fill a shop with dense fog in seconds, stopping criminals from seeing what’s going on and preventing further damage or theft.

Get support to install fog cannons at your retail shop
Small retail businesses can apply for a subsidy to have fog cannons installed. There are some criteria you need to meet before you can apply for the fog cannon subsidy.

You can apply if you have:

  • no more than two outlets, and
  • five or fewer paid employees, and
  • a street frontage (outlets in indoor malls where security is already provided will not be eligible).

What the $4,000 subsidy covers

  • The subsidy is only 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 $4,000 subsidy for each outlet.
  • You can choose any of our providers that service your area. There is a range of providers to choose from. Consider which provider best suits your installation needs.
  • You can purchase as many fog cannons as you need, but the maximum subsidy for each outlet is $4,000.
  • You and the fog cannon provider negotiate the final price and organise installation.
  • If you don’t own your business premises, talk to your landlord before applying for the fog cannon subsidy.
  • If you don’t 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.

How to apply
If you are an eligible retailer, complete the application form at It takes about 15 minutes.

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.

You will also be asked to provide your New Zealand Business Number (NZBN). Most companies are automatically given an NZBN. Sole traders need to sign up for one.

You do not need to have been a victim of a ram raid or aggravated robbery to apply.

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