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
56 Apparel and Accessory Stores
5611 Men's and Boys' Clothing Stores
561100 Men's and boys' clothing stores
56110000 Men's and boys' clothing stores
561199 Men's and boys' clothing stores, nec
56119901 Clothing accessories: men's and boys'
56119902 Clothing, male: everyday, except suits and sportswear
56119903 Clothing, sportswear, men's and boys'
56119904 Haberdashery stores
56119905 Hats, men's and boys'
56119906 Suits, men's
56119907 Tie shops
5621 Women's Clothing Stores
562100 Women's clothing stores
56210000 Women's clothing stores
562101 Women's specialty clothing stores
56210100 Women's specialty clothing stores
56210101 Boutiques
56210102 Bridal shops
56210103 Dress shops
56210104 Women's sportswear
562199 Women's clothing stores, nec
56219901 Maternity wear
56219902 Ready-to-wear apparel, women's
56219903 Teenage apparel
5632 Women's Accessory and Specialty Stores
563200 Women's accessory and specialty stores
56320000 Women's accessory and specialty stores
563201 Fur apparel
56320100 Fur apparel
56320101 Fur apparel, made to custom order
56320102 Furriers
563202 Women's dancewear, hosiery, and lingerie
56320200 Women's dancewear, hosiery, and lingerie
56320201 Dancewear
56320202 Hosiery
56320203 Lingerie (outerwear)
56320204 Lingerie and corsets (underwear)
563299 Women's accessory and specialty stores, nec
56329901 Apparel accessories
56329902 Blouses
56329903 Costume jewelry
56329904 Handbags
56329905 Knitwear, women's
56329906 Millinery
5641 Children's and Infants' Wear Stores
564100 Children's and infants' wear stores
56410000 Children's and infants' wear stores
564199 Children's and infants' wear stores, nec
56419901 Children's wear
56419902 Infants' wear
5651 Family Clothing Stores
565100 Family clothing stores
56510000 Family clothing stores
565199 Family clothing stores, nec
56519901 Jeans stores
56519902 Unisex clothing stores
5661 Shoe Stores
566100 Shoe stores
56610000 Shoe stores
566101 Custom and orthopedic shoes
56610100 Custom and orthopedic shoes
56610101 Shoes, custom
56610102 Shoes, orthopedic
566199 Shoe stores, nec
56619901 Children's shoes
56619902 Footwear, athletic
56619903 Men's boots
56619904 Men's shoes
56619905 Women's boots
56619906 Women's shoes
5699 Miscellaneous Apparel and Accessories
569900 Miscellaneous apparel and accessory stores
56990000 Miscellaneous apparel and accessory stores
569901 Uniforms and work clothing
56990100 Uniforms and work clothing
56990101 Military goods and regalia
56990102 Uniforms
56990103 Work clothing
569902 Costumes and wigs
56990200 Costumes and wigs
56990201 Costumes, masquerade or theatrical
56990202 Wigs, toupees, and wiglets
569903 Sports apparel
56990300 Sports apparel
56990301 Bathing suits
56990302 Marine apparel
56990303 Riding apparel
56990304 Western apparel
569904 Customized clothing and apparel
56990400 Customized clothing and apparel
56990401 Belts, apparel: custom
56990402 Custom tailor
56990403 Dressmakers, custom
56990404 Knit dresses, made to order
56990405 Shirts, custom made
56990406 T-shirts, custom printed
56990407 Clothing, hand painted
569999 Miscellaneous apparel and accessory stores, nec
56999901 Caps and gowns (academic vestments)
56999902 Clergy vestments
56999903 Designers, apparel
56999904 Formal wear
56999905 Leather garments
56999906 Raincoats
56999907 Square dance apparel
56999908 Stockings: men's, women's, and children's
56999909 Umbrellas

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. )