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
58 Eating and Drinking Places
5812 Eating Places
581200 Eating places
58120000 Eating places
581201 Ethnic food restaurants
58120100 Ethnic food restaurants
58120101 American restaurant
58120102 Cajun restaurant
58120103 Chinese restaurant
58120104 French restaurant
58120105 German restaurant
58120106 Greek restaurant
58120107 Indian/Pakistan restaurant
58120108 Italian restaurant
58120109 Japanese restaurant
58120110 Korean restaurant
58120111 Lebanese restaurant
58120112 Mexican restaurant
58120113 Spanish restaurant
58120114 Sushi bar
58120115 Thai restaurant
58120116 Vietnamese restaurant
58120117 Pakistani restaurant
581202 Ice cream, soft drink and soda fountain stands
58120200 Ice cream, soft drink and soda fountain stands
58120201 Concessionaire
58120202 Frozen yogurt stand
58120203 Ice cream stands or dairy bars
58120204 Snow cone stand
58120205 Soda fountain
58120206 Soft drink stand
581203 Fast food restaurants and stands
58120300 Fast food restaurants and stands
58120301 Box lunch stand
58120302 Carry-out only (except pizza) restaurant
58120303 Chili stand
58120304 Coffee shop
58120305 Delicatessen (eating places)
58120306 Drive-in restaurant
58120307 Fast-food restaurant, chain
58120308 Fast-food restaurant, independent
58120309 Food bars
58120310 Grills (eating places)
58120311 Hamburger stand
58120312 Hot dog stand
58120313 Sandwiches and submarines shop
58120314 Snack bar
58120315 Snack shop
581204 Lunchrooms and cafeterias
58120400 Lunchrooms and cafeterias
58120401 Automat (eating places)
58120402 Cafeteria
58120403 Luncheonette
58120404 Lunchroom
58120405 Restaurant, lunch counter
581205 Family restaurants
58120500 Family restaurants
58120501 Restaurant, family: chain
58120502 Restaurant, family: independent
581206 Pizza restaurants
58120600 Pizza restaurants
58120601 Pizzeria, chain
58120602 Pizzeria, independent
581207 Seafood restaurants
58120700 Seafood restaurants
58120701 Oyster bar
58120702 Seafood shack
581208 Steak and barbecue restaurants
58120800 Steak and barbecue restaurants
58120801 Barbecue restaurant
58120802 Steak restaurant
581299 Eating places, nec
58129901 Buffet (eating places)
58129902 Cafe
58129903 Caterers
58129904 Chicken restaurant
58129905 Commissary restaurant
58129906 Contract food services
58129907 Diner
58129908 Dinner theater
58129909 Health food restaurant
5813 Drinking Places
581300 Drinking places
58130000 Drinking places
581301 Bars and lounges
58130100 Bars and lounges
58130101 Bar (drinking places)
58130102 Beer garden (drinking places)
58130103 Cocktail lounge
58130104 Saloon
58130105 Tavern (drinking places)
58130106 Wine bar
581302 Night clubs
58130200 Night clubs
58130201 Cabaret
58130202 Discotheque
58130203 Gentlemens club

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. )