The Santa Cruz Police Department manages the permitting process for taxicab permits and mobile food vending permits. If you are interested in obtaining a mobile food vending permit, please visit our Mobile Food Vending Procedures and Forms page for information about vending regulations and the permitting process.
The City of Santa Cruz regulates taxicab rates and taxicab operators that collect passengers within its city limits. Per Santa Cruz Municipal Code Chapter 5.16, each taxicab must have a City-issued permit and be available for operation 24 hours per day. A quota system is in place that controls the number of taxicabs that can operate in the city at one time. As of October 2009, all of the City's taxicab permits were issued. However, each permit expires after three years and becomes available to new or existing operators. Interested operators can contact the Santa Cruz Police Department at 420-5810 to inquire about permits.
Important forms and information:
Current taxicab rates and fares (revised 2007)
Taxicab Permit Application (accepted only when permits are available)
Procedures for Obtaining a Taxicab Driver's Permit
Taxicab Driver's Permit Application
Santa Cruz Police Department
155 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060