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
15 Building Cnstrctn - General Contractors & Operative Builders
1521 Single-family Housing Construction
152100 Single-family housing construction
15210000 Single-family housing construction
152101 Single-family home remodeling, additions, and repairs
15210100 Single-family home remodeling, additions, and repairs
15210101 General remodeling, single-family houses
15210102 Mobile home repair, on site
15210103 Patio and deck construction and repair
15210104 Repairing fire damage, single-family houses
152199 Single-family housing construction, nec
15219901 New construction, single-family houses
15219902 Prefabricated single-family house erection
15219903 Townhouse construction
1522 Residential Construction, Nec
152200 Residential construction, nec
15220000 Residential construction, nec
152201 Hotel/motel and multi-family home construction
15220100 Hotel/motel and multi-family home construction
15220101 Apartment building construction
15220102 Co-op construction
15220103 Condominium construction
15220104 Dormitory construction
15220105 Hotel/motel, new construction
15220106 Multi-family dwelling construction, nec
15220107 Multi-family dwellings, new construction
152202 Hotel/motel and multi-family home renovation and remodeling
15220200 Hotel/motel and multi-family home renovation and remodeling
15220201 Remodeling, multi-family dwellings
15220202 Renovation, hotel/motel
1531 Operative Builders
153100 Operative builders
15310000 Operative builders
153199 Operative builders, nec
15319901 Condominium developers
15319902 Cooperative apartment developers
15319903 Speculative builder, multi-family dwellings
15319904 Speculative builder, single-family houses
15319905 Townhouse developers
1541 Industrial Buildings and Warehouses
154100 Industrial buildings and warehouses
15410000 Industrial buildings and warehouses
154199 Industrial buildings and warehouses, nec
15419901 Dry cleaning plant construction
15419902 Factory construction
15419903 Food products manufacturing or packing plant construction
15419904 Grain elevator construction
15419905 Industrial buildings, new construction, nec
15419906 Paper/pulp mill construction
15419907 Pharmaceutical manufacturing plant construction
15419908 Prefabricated building erection, industrial
15419909 Renovation, remodeling and repairs: industrial buildings
15419910 Steel building construction
15419911 Truck and automobile assembly plant construction
15419912 Warehouse construction
1542 Nonresidential Construction, Nec
154200 Nonresidential construction, nec
15420000 Nonresidential construction, nec
154201 Commercial and office building contractors
15420100 Commercial and office building contractors
15420101 Commercial and office building, new construction
15420102 Commercial and office buildings, prefabricated erection
15420103 Commercial and office buildings, renovation and repair
15420104 Restaurant construction
15420105 Shopping center construction
154202 Agricultural building contractors
15420200 Agricultural building contractors
15420201 Farm building construction
15420202 Greenhouse construction
15420203 Silo construction, agricultural
154203 Garage and service station contractors
15420300 Garage and service station contractors
15420301 Garage construction
15420302 Service station construction
154204 Specialized public building contractors
15420400 Specialized public building contractors
15420401 Bank building construction
15420402 Fire station construction
15420403 Hospital construction
15420404 Post office construction
15420405 Religious building construction
15420406 School building construction
154299 Nonresidential construction, nec, nec
15429901 Custom builders, non-residential
15429902 Design and erection, combined: non-residential
15429903 Institutional building construction
15429904 Mausoleum construction
15429905 Stadium construction
15429906 Store front construction
 

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. )