The Metropolitan Police have scrapped the Form 696 and instead will develop a new voluntary partnership approach for venues and promoters across London.
This follows a full review and consultation of the Form 696 risk assessment process which was instigated at a special meeting of the London Music Board in September co-hosted by Amy Lamé, the Mayor’s Night Czar, Justine Simons OBE Deputy Mayor for Culture, and Superintendent Roy Smith from the Met.
The form was introduced by the Met in 2005 in response to a number of shootings at promoted club nights across London but has come under criticism recently due to the perception that events associated with some genres of music were disproportionately affected by this process.
In their statement, the Met added that they will be working with colleagues from local authorities to understand the implication of this decision on venues which have the use of Form 696 as a condition on their premises licence as well as the impact on existing local licensing policies.
We will keep you updated on this and whether a minor variation application will need to be submitted to remove any condition on the Premises Licence stipulating the use of Form 696 and in any event it is very likely that this would not be opposed by the authorities due to it no longer exists.
If you have any questions about the Form 696 or any other licensing issues, please contact Andrew Cochrane, Senior Partner & Head of Licensing on 01332 226142 or email email@example.com