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Taxi Cab Regulations

All taxi cabs operating in the City of North Charleston are required by law to have an annual safety inspection prior to January 31.  Inspections can be scheduled through the Taxi Regulatory Office (843) 740-5824.

Current Taxi Cab Ordinance

Taxi-Chauffuer Permit Application

The Mayor and City Council have enacted an ordinance regulating the operating procedures of taxicabs in the City of North Charleston. Effective July 1, 2009, all taxicab drivers will be required to have a Taxi Driver’s Permit and an annual taxicab inspection, in addition to a City of North Charleston Business License. Applicants are required to obtain a copy of the complete ordinance. The ordinance is made available at the Taxi Regulatory Unit, the Business License Office.

Permit Process

The City of North Charleston Business License office provides the Taxicab Driver Permit application that all taxicab drivers must complete and submit with a $25 non-refundable fee. Appointments are required for issuance of a taxi license. Once submitted, photo identification is provided at the North Charleston City Hall at 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406.  The $25 fee covers the two year North Charleston Taxicab Driver Permit, and photo identification. Drivers MUST supply a record check, which is not included in the fee.

Taxicab Driver Permits may be denied or suspended for reasons including, but not exclusive, to the following:

  • Taxicab Driver Permits may be denied if the driver has been convicted of a felony.
  • Taxicab Driver Permits may be suspended and/or revoked for safety violations, false information, or violations of the City’s ordinance.

Certificate of Inspection

Before a Taxicab Driver Permit is issued to any taxicab owner, the owner of the taxicab, for which such permit is requested, at the cost of $25, shall deliver such taxicab to a place designated by the inspector for annual inspection. The inspector shall designate agents to inspect such taxicab and its equipment to ascertain whether such taxicab complies with the Taxicab Ordinance.

Owners must schedule their vehicle inspections with the City of North Charleston Taxi Regulatory Officer. You may schedule an appointment by calling (843) 740-5824 or by visiting North Charleston City Hall, Mayor’s Office, between the hours of 10:00am – 11:00am, Monday – Wednesday.

Requirements & Procedures

  • Taxicab drivers shall be at least 18 years of age, with no physical impairments or handicaps that would hinder safe operation of a vehicle.
  • Taxicab drivers are required to read, write, and speak English.
  • Taxicab drivers must be clean and presentable at all times.
  • Taxicab drivers’ permits will be displayed in the taxicab at all times for inspection by passengers and police officers.
  • If a Taxicab Driver Permit is denied or suspended, the $25 application fee is non-refundable.
  • Suspensions or revocations may be appealed in writing to the City of North Charleston Public Safety Committee.
  • Any taxicab operating within the corporate limits of the City of North Charleston without proper permits, inspection, and business license will be fined by the City of North Charleston Police Department or Taxi Regulatory Officer.

Contact Information

Taxicab Regulatory Unit
2500 City Hall Lane
North Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 740-5824

Business License Office

2500 City Hall Lane
North Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 740-2639

Important Documents

Color Scheme Form
Permit Application