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
65 Real Estate
6512 Nonresidential Building Operators
651200 Nonresidential building operators
65120000 Nonresidential building operators
651201 Commercial and industrial building operation
65120100 Commercial and industrial building operation
65120101 Bank building operation
65120102 Insurance building operation
651202 Property operation, retail establishment
65120200 Property operation, retail establishment
65120201 Shopping center, property operation only
65120202 Shopping center, super regional (more than 1,000,000 sq ft)
65120203 Shopping center, regional (300,000-1,000,000 sq ft)
65120204 Shopping center, community (100,000-300,000 sq ft)
65120205 Shopping center, neighborhood (30,000-100,000 sq ft)
651203 Property operation, auditoriums and theaters
65120300 Property operation, auditoriums and theaters
65120301 Auditorium and hall operation
65120302 Theater building, ownership and operation
651204 Property operation, piers and docks
65120400 Property operation, piers and docks
65120401 Lessors of piers, docks, associated buildings and facilities
6513 Apartment Building Operators
651300 Apartment building operators
65130000 Apartment building operators
651399 Apartment building operators, nec
65139901 Apartment hotel operation
65139902 Residential hotel operation
65139903 Retirement hotel operation
6514 Dwelling Operators, Except Apartments
651400 Dwelling operators, except apartments
65140000 Dwelling operators, except apartments
651499 Dwelling operators, except apartments, nec
65149901 Residential building, four or fewer units: operation
6515 Mobile Home Site Operators
651500 Mobile home site operators
65150000 Mobile home site operators
6517 Railroad Property Lessors
651700 Railroad property lessors
65170000 Railroad property lessors
6519 Real Property Lessors, Nec
651900 Real property lessors, nec
65190000 Real property lessors, nec
651999 Real property lessors, nec, nec
65199901 Airport leasing, if not operating airport
65199902 Farm land leasing
65199903 Landholding office
65199904 Sub-lessors of real estate
65199905 Mine property leasing
6531 Real Estate Agents and Managers
653100 Real estate agents and managers
65310000 Real estate agents and managers
653101 Real estate brokers and agents
65310100 Real estate brokers and agents
65310101 Broker of manufactured homes, on site
65310102 Buying agent, real estate
65310103 Escrow agent, real estate
65310104 Real estate agent, commercial
65310105 Real estate agent, residential
65310106 Selling agent, real estate
653102 Real estate managers
65310200 Real estate managers
65310201 Cemetery management service
65310202 Condominium manager
65310203 Cooperative apartment manager
653103 Real estate listing services
65310300 Real estate listing services
65310301 Multiple listing service, real estate
653104 Real estate leasing and rentals
65310400 Real estate leasing and rentals
65310401 Rental agent, real estate
65310402 Time-sharing real estate sales, leasing and rentals
653199 Real estate agents and managers, nec
65319901 Appraiser, real estate
65319902 Auction, real estate
65319903 Fiduciary, real estate
65319904 Housing authority operator
6541 Title abstract Offices
654100 Title abstract offices
65410000 Title abstract offices
654199 Title abstract offices, nec
65419901 Title and trust companies
65419902 Title reconveyance companies
65419903 Title search companies
6552 Subdividers and Developers, Nec
655200 Subdividers and developers, nec
65520000 Subdividers and developers, nec
655299 Subdividers and developers, nec, nec
65529901 Land subdividers and developers, commercial
65529902 Land subdividers and developers, residential
6553 Cemetery Subdividers and Developers
655300 Cemetery subdividers and developers
65530000 Cemetery subdividers and developers
655399 Cemetery subdividers and developers, nec
65539901 Animal cemetery operation
65539902 Cemeteries, real estate operation
65539903 Cemetery association
65539904 Mausoleum operation
65539905 Real property subdividers and developers, cemetery lots only

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. )