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
59 Miscellaneous Retail
5912 Drug Stores and Proprietary Stores
591200 Drug stores and proprietary stores
59120000 Drug stores and proprietary stores
591299 Drug stores and proprietary stores, nec
59129901 Drug stores
59129902 Proprietary (non-prescription medicine) stores
5921 Liquor Stores
592100 Liquor stores
59210000 Liquor stores
592101 Wine and beer
59210100 Wine and beer
59210101 Beer (packaged)
59210102 Wine
592199 Liquor stores, nec
59219901 Hard liquor
5932 Used Merchandise Stores
593200 Used merchandise stores
59320000 Used merchandise stores
593201 Home furnishings and appliances, secondhand
59320100 Home furnishings and appliances, secondhand
59320101 Furniture, secondhand
59320102 Home furnishings, secondhand
59320103 Household appliances, used
593202 Antiques
59320200 Antiques
59320201 Art objects, antique
59320202 Glassware, antique
593203 Book stores, secondhand
59320300 Book stores, secondhand
59320301 Manuscripts, rare
59320302 Rare books
593204 Clothing and shoes, secondhand
59320400 Clothing and shoes, secondhand
59320401 Clothing, secondhand
59320402 Shoes, secondhand
593205 Office furniture and store fixtures, secondhand
59320500 Office furniture and store fixtures, secondhand
59320501 Office furniture, secondhand
59320502 Store fixtures and equipment, secondhand
593299 Used merchandise stores, nec
59329901 Building materials, secondhand
59329902 Computers and accessories, secondhand
59329903 Musical instruments, secondhand
59329904 Pawnshop
59329905 Records, secondhand
59329906 Stereo equipment, secondhand
5941 Sporting Goods and Bicycle Shops
594100 Sporting goods and bicycle shops
59410000 Sporting goods and bicycle shops
594101 Fishing equipment
59410100 Fishing equipment
59410101 Bait and tackle
59410102 Fish finders and other electronic fishing equipment
594102 Hunting equipment
59410200 Hunting equipment
59410201 Ammunition
59410202 Firearms
594103 Golf, tennis, and ski shops
59410300 Golf, tennis, and ski shops
59410301 Golf goods and equipment
59410302 Skiing equipment
59410303 Tennis goods and equipment
594104 Exercise equipment
59410400 Exercise equipment
59410401 Gymnasium equipment, nec
59410402 Trampolines and equipment
594105 Water sport equipment
59410500 Water sport equipment
59410501 Skin diving, scuba equipment and supplies
59410502 Surfing equipment and supplies
59410503 Windsurfing and sailboarding equipment
594106 Camping and backpacking equipment
59410600 Camping and backpacking equipment
59410601 Backpacking equipment
59410602 Camping equipment
594107 Team sports equipment
59410700 Team sports equipment
59410701 Baseball equipment
59410702 Basketball equipment
59410703 Football equipment
59410704 Hockey equipment, except skates
59410705 Soccer supplies
594199 Sporting goods and bicycle shops, nec
59419901 Archery supplies
59419902 Bicycle and bicycle parts
59419903 Bowling equipment and supplies
59419904 Martial arts equipment and supplies
59419905 Playground equipment
59419906 Pool and billiard tables
59419907 Saddlery and equestrian equipment
59419908 Skateboarding equipment
59419909 Skating equipment
59419910 Specialty sport supplies, nec
5942 Book Stores
594200 Book stores
59420000 Book stores
594299 Book stores, nec
59429901 Books, foreign
59429902 Books, religious
59429903 Children's books
59429904 College book stores
59429905 Comic books
5943 Stationery Stores
594300 Stationery stores
59430000 Stationery stores
594399 Stationery stores, nec
59439901 Notary and corporate seals
59439902 Office forms and supplies
59439903 School supplies
59439904 Writing supplies
5944 Jewelry Stores
594400 Jewelry stores
59440000 Jewelry stores
594401 Clock and watch stores
59440100 Clock and watch stores
59440101 Clocks
59440102 Watches
594499 Jewelry stores, nec
59449901 Jewelry, precious stones and precious metals
59449902 Silverware
5945 Hobby, Toy, and Game Shops
594500 Hobby, toy, and game shops
59450000 Hobby, toy, and game shops
594501 Hobby and craft supplies
59450100 Hobby and craft supplies
59450101 Arts and crafts supplies
59450102 Ceramics supplies
59450103 Hobbies, nec
59450104 Models, toy and hobby
594502 Toys and games
59450200 Toys and games
59450201 Children's toys and games, except dolls
59450202 Dolls and accessories
59450203 Games (chess, backgammon, and other durable games)
594599 Hobby, toy, and game shops, nec
59459901 Kite stores
5946 Camera and Photographic Supply Stores
594600 Camera and photographic supply stores
59460000 Camera and photographic supply stores
594699 Camera and photographic supply stores, nec
59469901 Cameras
59469902 Photographic supplies
5947 Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Shop
594700 Gift, novelty, and souvenir shop
59470000 Gift, novelty, and souvenir shop
594701 Gifts and novelties
59470100 Gifts and novelties
59470101 Artcraft and carvings
59470102 Balloon shops
59470103 Gift baskets
59470104 Gift shop
59470105 Novelties
59470106 Party favors
594799 Gift, novelty, and souvenir shop, nec
59479901 Greeting cards
59479902 Souvenirs
59479903 Trading cards: baseball or other sports, entertainment, etc.
5948 Luggage and Leather Goods Stores
594800 Luggage and leather goods stores
59480000 Luggage and leather goods stores
594899 Luggage and leather goods stores, nec
59489901 Leather goods, except luggage and shoes
59489902 Luggage, except footlockers and trunks
59489903 Trunks (luggage)
5949 Sewing, Needlework, and Piece Goods
594900 Sewing, needlework, and piece goods
59490000 Sewing, needlework, and piece goods
594901 Fabric stores piece goods
59490100 Fabric stores piece goods
59490101 Bridal fabrics
59490102 Fabric, remnants
594902 Sewing and needlework
59490200 Sewing and needlework
59490201 Knitting goods and supplies
59490202 Needlework goods and supplies
59490203 Notions, including trim
59490204 Patterns: sewing, knitting and needlework
59490205 Quilting materials and supplies
59490206 Sewing supplies
59490207 Weaving goods and supplies
5961 Catalog and Mail-order Houses
596100 Catalog and mail-order houses
59610000 Catalog and mail-order houses
596101 Food, mail order
59610100 Food, mail order
59610101 Cheese, mail order
59610102 Fruit, mail order
596102 Computer equipment and electronics, mail order
59610200 Computer equipment and electronics, mail order
59610201 Computer software, mail order
59610202 Computers and peripheral equipment, mail order
59610203 Electronic kits and parts, mail order
596103 Book and record clubs
59610300 Book and record clubs
59610301 Book club, mail order
59610302 Magazines, mail order
59610303 Record and/or tape (music or video) club, mail order
596104 Stamps, coins, and other collectibles, mail order
59610400 Stamps, coins, and other collectibles, mail order
59610401 Coins, mail order
59610402 Collectibles and antiques, mail order
59610403 Stamps, mail order
596199 Catalog and mail-order houses, nec
59619901 Arts and crafts equipment and supplies, mail order
59619902 Automotive supplies and equipment, mail order
59619903 Books, mail order (except book clubs)
59619904 Cards, mail order
59619905 Catalog sales
59619906 Clothing, mail order (except women's)
59619907 Cosmetics and perfumes, mail order
59619908 Educational supplies and equipment, mail order
59619909 Fishing, hunting and camping equipment and supplies: by mail
59619910 Fitness and sporting goods, mail order
59619911 Flowers, plants and bulbs: mail order
59619912 Furniture and furnishings, mail order
59619913 General merchandise, mail order
59619914 Gift items, mail order
59619915 Jewelry, mail order
59619916 Mail order house, nec
59619917 Mail order house, order taking office only
59619918 Novelty merchandise, mail order
59619919 Religious merchandise, mail order
59619920 Television, home shopping
59619921 Tools and hardware, mail order
59619922 Toys and games (including dolls and models), mail order
59619923 Women's apparel, mail order
59619924 Pharmaceuticals, mail order
59619925 Electronic shopping
59619926 Electronic auctions
5962 Merchandising Machine Operators
596200 Merchandising machine operators
59620000 Merchandising machine operators
596201 Food vending machines
59620100 Food vending machines
59620101 Candy and snack food vending machines
59620102 Sandwich and hot food vending machines
596202 Beverage vending machines
59620200 Beverage vending machines
59620201 Cold drinks vending machines
59620202 Hot drinks and soup vending machines
596299 Merchandising machine operators, nec
59629901 Cigarettes vending machines
59629902 Novelty vending machines
5963 Direct Selling Establishments
596300 Direct selling establishments
59630000 Direct selling establishments
596301 Beverage services, direct sales
59630100 Beverage services, direct sales
59630101 Bottled water delivery
59630102 Coffee, soda, beer, etc: house-to-house sales
59630103 Milk delivery
596302 Food services, direct sales
59630200 Food services, direct sales
59630201 Bakery goods, house-to-house
59630202 Dairy products, house-to-house
59630203 Food service, coffee-cart
59630204 Food service, mobile, except coffee-cart
59630205 Ice cream wagon
59630206 Lunch wagon
59630207 Snacks, direct sales
596303 Encyclopedias and publications, direct sales
59630300 Encyclopedias and publications, direct sales
59630301 Book sales, house-to-house
59630302 Encyclopedias, house-to-house
59630303 Magazine subscriptions, house-to-house
59630304 Newspapers, home delivery, not by printers or publishers
596304 Home related products, direct sales
59630400 Home related products, direct sales
59630401 Appliance sales, house-to-house
59630402 Drapes and curtains, house-to-house
59630403 Furnishings, including furniture, house-to-house
59630404 Houseware sales, house-to-house
59630405 Vacuum cleaner sales, house-to-house
596399 Direct selling establishments, nec
59639901 Canvassers
59639902 Clothing sales, house-to-house
59639903 Cosmetic sales, house-to-house
59639904 Direct sales, telemarketing
59639905 Jewelry sales, house-to-house
59639906 Lingerie sales, house-to-house
59639907 Party-plan merchandising
5983 Fuel Oil Dealers
598300 Fuel oil dealers
59830000 Fuel oil dealers
5984 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Dealers
598400 Liquefied petroleum gas dealers
59840000 Liquefied petroleum gas dealers
598499 Liquefied petroleum gas dealers, nec
59849901 Butane gas, bottled
59849902 Liquefied petroleum gas, delivered to customers' premises
59849903 Propane gas, bottled
5989 Fuel Dealers, Nec
598900 Fuel dealers, nec
59890000 Fuel dealers, nec
598999 Fuel dealers, nec, nec
59899901 Coal
59899902 Wood (fuel)
5992 Florists
599200 Florists
59920000 Florists
599299 Florists, nec
59929901 Flowers, fresh
59929902 Plants, potted
5993 Tobacco Stores and Stands
599300 Tobacco stores and stands
59930000 Tobacco stores and stands
599399 Tobacco stores and stands, nec
59939901 Cigar store
59939902 Cigarette store
59939903 Pipe store
59939904 Tobacconist
5994 News Dealers and Newsstands
599400 News dealers and newsstands
59940000 News dealers and newsstands
599499 News dealers and newsstands, nec
59949901 Magazine stand
59949902 Newsstand
5995 Optical Goods Stores
599500 Optical goods stores
59950000 Optical goods stores
599599 Optical goods stores, nec
59959901 Contact lenses, prescription
59959902 Eyeglasses, prescription
59959903 Opticians
5999 Miscellaneous Retail Stores, Nec
599900 Miscellaneous retail stores, nec
59990000 Miscellaneous retail stores, nec
599901 Alarm and safety equipment stores
59990100 Alarm and safety equipment stores
59990101 Alarm signal systems
59990102 Fire extinguishers
59990103 Safety supplies and equipment
599902 Art and architectural supplies
59990200 Art and architectural supplies
59990201 Architectural supplies
59990202 Artists' supplies and materials
59990203 Drafting equipment and supplies
599903 Banners, flags, decals, and posters
59990300 Banners, flags, decals, and posters
59990301 Banners
59990302 Decals
59990303 Flags
59990304 Posters
599904 Binoculars and telescopes
59990400 Binoculars and telescopes
59990401 Binoculars
59990402 Telescopes
599905 Coins and stamps
59990500 Coins and stamps
59990501 Coins
59990502 Numismatist shops
59990503 Stamps (philatelist)
599906 Telephone and communication equipment
59990600 Telephone and communication equipment
59990601 Audio-visual equipment and supplies
59990602 Communication equipment
59990603 Telephone equipment and systems
59990604 Facsimile equipment
59990605 Mobile telephones and equipment
599907 Engine and motor equipment and supplies
59990700 Engine and motor equipment and supplies
59990701 Engines and parts, air-cooled
59990702 Motors, electric
599908 Farm equipment and supplies
59990800 Farm equipment and supplies
59990801 Farm machinery, nec
59990802 Farm tractors
59990803 Feed and farm supply
599909 Medical apparatus and supplies
59990900 Medical apparatus and supplies
59990901 Artificial limbs
59990902 Convalescent equipment and supplies
59990903 Hearing aids
59990904 Hospital equipment and supplies
59990905 Incontinent care products
59990906 Orthopedic and prosthesis applications
59990907 Technical aids for the handicapped
59990908 Wheelchair lifts
599910 Monuments and tombstones
59991000 Monuments and tombstones
59991001 Gravestones, finished
59991002 Monuments, finished to custom order
59991003 Tombstones
599911 Pets and pet supplies
59991100 Pets and pet supplies
59991101 Aquarium supplies
59991102 Pet food
59991103 Pet supplies
59991104 Pets
59991105 Tropical fish
599912 Swimming pools, hot tubs, and sauna equipment and supplies
59991200 Swimming pools, hot tubs, and sauna equipment and supplies
59991201 Hot tub and spa chemicals, equipment, and supplies
59991202 Sauna equipment and supplies
59991203 Spas and hot tubs
59991204 Swimming pool chemicals, equipment, and supplies
59991205 Swimming pools, above ground
59991206 Whirlpool baths
599913 Toiletries, cosmetics, and perfumes
59991300 Toiletries, cosmetics, and perfumes
59991301 Cosmetics
59991302 Perfumes and colognes
59991303 Toilet preparations
59991304 Hair care products
599914 Typewriters and business machines
59991400 Typewriters and business machines
59991401 Business machines and equipment
59991402 Photocopy machines
59991403 Typewriters
599915 Gems and precious stones
59991500 Gems and precious stones
59991501 Gem stones, rough
59991502 Stones, crystalline: rough
599916 Art, picture frames, and decorations
59991600 Art, picture frames, and decorations
59991601 Art dealers
59991602 Artificial flowers
59991603 Candle shops
59991604 Christmas lights and decorations
59991605 Heraldic insignia
59991606 Picture frames, ready made
59991607 Collectible plates
599917 Educational aids and electronic training materials
59991700 Educational aids and electronic training materials
59991701 Education aids, devices and supplies
59991702 Training materials, electronic
599918 Infant furnishings and equipment
59991800 Infant furnishings and equipment
59991801 Baby carriages and strollers
59991802 Bassinets
59991803 Child restraint seats, automotive
59991804 Children's equipment, nec
59991805 Children's furniture, nec
59991806 Cribs
59991807 High chairs
59991808 Playpens
599999 Miscellaneous retail stores, nec, nec
59999901 Alcoholic beverage making equipment and supplies
59999902 Auction rooms (general merchandise)
59999903 Autograph supplies
59999904 Awnings
59999905 Batteries, non-automotive
59999906 Cake decorating supplies
59999907 Canvas products
59999908 Cleaning equipment and supplies
59999909 Concrete products, pre-cast
59999910 Electronic parts and equipment
59999911 Fireworks
59999912 Foam and foam products
59999913 Ice
59999914 Insecticide
59999915 Maps and charts
59999916 Plumbing and heating supplies
59999917 Police supply stores
59999918 Razors, electric
59999919 Religious goods
59999920 Rock and stone specimens
59999921 Rubber stamps
59999922 Sales barn
59999923 Sunglasses
59999924 Tents
59999925 Theater programs
59999926 Theatrical equipment and supplies
59999927 Trophies and plaques
59999928 Vaults and safes
59999929 Water purification equipment
59999930 Packaging materials: boxes, padding, etc.
59999931 Welding supplies
59999932 Air purification equipment
59999933 Fiberglass materials, except insulation
59999934 Condoms

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. )