SIC Codes - Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes

What is a SIC Code ?

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes are four digit numerical codes assigned by the U.S. government to business establishments to identify the primary business of the establishment. The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) is a system for classifying industries by a four-digit code. Established in the United States in 1937, it is used by government agencies to classify industry areas. The classification was developed to facilitate the collection, presentation and analysis of data; and to promote uniformity and comparability in the presentation of statistical data collected by various agencies of the federal government, state agencies and private organizations. The classification covers all economic activities.

The SIC system arrays the economy into 11 divisions, that are divided into 83 2-digit major groups, that are further subdivided into 416 3-digit industry groups, and finally disaggregated into 1,005 4-digit industries. In the United States the SIC code is being supplanted by the six-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS code), which was released in 1997; however certain government departments and agencies, such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), still use the SIC codes.

The SIC system is also used by agencies in other countries, e.g., by the United Kingdom's Companies House.

SIC Code Title
02 Agricultural Production - Livestock and Animal Specialties
0211 Beef Cattle Feedlots
021100 Beef cattle feedlots
02110000 Beef cattle feedlots
0212 Beef Cattle, Except Feedlots
021200 Beef cattle, except feedlots
02120000 Beef cattle, except feedlots
0213 Hogs
021300 Hogs
02130000 Hogs
021399 Hogs, nec
02139901 Hog feedlot
0214 Sheep and Goats
021400 Sheep and goats
02140000 Sheep and goats
021401 Goats
02140100 Goats
02140101 Goat farm
02140102 Goats' milk production
02140103 Mohair production
021402 Sheep
02140200 Sheep
02140201 Lamb feedlot
02140202 Sheep feeding farm
02140203 Sheep raising farm
02140204 Wool production
0219 General Livestock, Nec
021900 General livestock, nec
02190000 General livestock, nec
0241 Dairy Farms
024100 Dairy farms
02410000 Dairy farms
024199 Dairy farms, nec
02419901 Dairy heifer replacement farm
02419902 Milk production
0251 Broiler, Fryer, and Roaster Chickens
025100 Broiler, fryer, and roaster chickens
02510000 Broiler, fryer, and roaster chickens
025199 Broiler, fryer, and roaster chickens, nec
02519901 Broiling chickens, raising of
02519902 Capons, raising of
02519903 Cornish hens, raising of
02519904 Frying chickens, raising of
02519905 Roasting chickens, raising of
0252 Chicken Eggs
025200 Chicken eggs
02520000 Chicken eggs
025299 Chicken eggs, nec
02529901 Started pullet farm
0253 Turkeys and Turkey Eggs
025300 Turkeys and turkey eggs
02530000 Turkeys and turkey eggs
025399 Turkeys and turkey eggs, nec
02539901 Turkey egg farm
02539902 Turkey farm
0254 Poultry Hatcheries
025400 Poultry hatcheries
02540000 Poultry hatcheries
025499 Poultry hatcheries, nec
02549901 Chicken hatchery
0259 Poultry and Eggs, Nec
025900 Poultry and eggs, nec
02590000 Poultry and eggs, nec
025999 Poultry and eggs, nec, nec
02599901 Duck farm
02599902 Geese farm
02599903 Pheasant farm
02599904 Pigeon farm
02599905 Quail farm
02599906 Squab farm
0271 Fur-bearing Animals and Rabbits
027100 Fur-bearing animals and rabbits
02710000 Fur-bearing animals and rabbits
027199 Fur-bearing animals and rabbits, nec
02719901 Chinchilla farm
02719902 Fox farm
02719903 Mink farm
02719904 Rabbit farm
02719905 Raccoon farm
0272 Horses and Other Equines
027200 Horses and other equines
02720000 Horses and other equines
027299 Horses and other equines, nec
02729901 Burro farm
02729902 Donkey farm
02729903 Horse farm
02729904 Mule farm
02729905 Pony farm
0273 Animal Aquaculture
027300 Animal aquaculture
02730000 Animal aquaculture
027301 Finfish farms
02730100 Finfish farms
02730101 Catfish farm
02730102 Goldfish farm
02730103 Minnow farm
02730104 Tropical fish farm
02730105 Trout farm
027302 Shellfish farms
02730200 Shellfish farms
02730201 Crustacean farm
02730202 Mollusk farm
0279 Animal Specialties, Nec
027900 Animal specialties, nec
02790000 Animal specialties, nec
027901 Worm farms
02790100 Worm farms
02790101 Earthworm farm
02790102 Silk (raw) production and silkworm farm
027902 Bird sanctuaries
02790200 Bird sanctuaries
02790201 Aviary
027903 Amphibious animal farms
02790300 Amphibious animal farms
02790301 Alligator farm
02790302 Frog farm
02790303 Rattlesnake farm
027904 Domestic animal farms
02790400 Domestic animal farms
02790401 Cat farm
02790402 Dog farm
02790403 Kennels, breeding and raising own stock
027999 Animal specialties, nec, nec
02799901 Apiary (bee and honey farm)
02799902 Laboratory animal farm
02799903 Insect farm
0291 General Farms, Primarily animals
029100 General farms, primarily animals
02910000 General farms, primarily animals
029199 General farms, primarily animals, nec
02919901 Animal specialty farm, general
02919902 Livestock farm, general

What are SIC Codes used for?

  • The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) uses SIC codes when sorting company filings.
  • Companies that operate in a certain industry use a specific SIC code when filing with the SEC so that the type of business is properly identified.
  • Identifying government contracts by their SIC description.
  • To facilitate the collection, presentation, and analysis of data.
  • To promote uniformity and comparability in the presentation of statistical data collected by various agencies of the federal government, state agencies, and private organizations.

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Why are SIC Codes important?

  • Your SIC code is often asked for on various applications and forms.
  • SIC Codes organize industries utilizing a numerical system that defines a business according to its highest revenue source at a particular location.
  • SIC Codes allow the gathering and analysis of data quickly and efficiently.
  • By identifying your company’s SIC Code, eligibility for government contracts may be realized.
  • To identify competitors, public and private.

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How to Read a SIC Code ?

For Example :

Division 20-39 Manufacturing
Major Group 25 Furniture and Fixtures
Industry Group 25 Office Furniture
Industry 2521 Wood Office Furniture

The first two digits of the code identify the major industry group, the third digit identifies the industry group and the fourth digit identifies the industry.

( Note: The digit "9" is used in the third or fourth digit position of the classification code to designate miscellaneous industries not elsewhere classified (NEC). These miscellaneous classifications are not comprised of homogeneous primary activity groups. They are grouped together and treated as a separate industry in order to retain the homogeneity of the other industries in the group. )