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
70 Hotels, Rooming Houses, Camps, and Other Lodging Places
7011 Hotels and Motels
701100 Hotels and motels
70110000 Hotels and motels
701101 Motels
70110100 Motels
70110101 Motel, franchised
701102 Vacation lodges
70110200 Vacation lodges
70110201 Ski lodge
70110202 Tourist camps, cabins, cottages, and courts
701103 Hotels
70110300 Hotels
70110301 Casino hotel
70110302 Hotel, franchised
70110303 Resort hotel
70110304 Resort hotel, franchised
70110305 Seasonal hotel
70110306 YMCA/YMHA hotel
70110307 YWCA/YWHA hotel
701104 Inns
70110400 Inns
70110401 Bed and breakfast inn
70110402 Motor inn
701199 Hotels and motels, nec
70119901 Hostels
7021 Rooming and Boarding Houses
702100 Rooming and boarding houses
70210000 Rooming and boarding houses
702199 Rooming and boarding houses, nec
70219901 Dormitory, commercially operated
70219902 Furnished room rental
70219903 Lodging house, except organization
7032 Sporting and Recreational Camps
703200 Sporting and recreational camps
70320000 Sporting and recreational camps
703201 Recreational camps
70320100 Recreational camps
70320101 Cabin camp
70320102 Dude ranch
70320103 Nudist camp
703202 Youth camps
70320200 Youth camps
70320201 Boys' camp
70320202 Girls' camp
70320203 Summer camp, except day and sports instructional
703203 Sporting camps
70320300 Sporting camps
70320301 Fishing camp
70320302 Hunting camp
703299 Sporting and recreational camps, nec
70329901 Bible camp
7033 Trailer Parks and Campsites
703300 Trailer parks and campsites
70330000 Trailer parks and campsites
703399 Trailer parks and campsites, nec
70339901 Campgrounds
70339902 Campsite
70339903 Recreational vehicle parks
70339904 Trailer park
7041 Membership-basis Organization Hotels
704100 Membership-basis organization hotels
70410000 Membership-basis organization hotels
704101 Fraternities and sororities
70410100 Fraternities and sororities
70410101 Boarding house, fraternity and sorority
70410102 Fraternity residential house
70410103 Sorority residential house
704102 Rooming houses
70410200 Rooming houses
70410201 Boarding house, organization
70410202 Lodging house, organization
704199 Membership-basis organization hotels, nec
70419901 Residence club, organization

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. )