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
72 Personal Services
7211 Power Laundries, Family and Commercial
721100 Power laundries, family and commercial
72110000 Power laundries, family and commercial
721199 Power laundries, family and commercial, nec
72119901 Laundry collecting and distributing outlet
7212 Garment Pressing and Cleaners' Agents
721200 Garment pressing and cleaners' agents
72120000 Garment pressing and cleaners' agents
721201 Laundry and drycleaner agents
72120100 Laundry and drycleaner agents
72120101 Pickup station, laundry and drycleaning
72120102 Retail agent, laundry and drycleaning
72120103 Truck route, laundry and drycleaning
72120104 Valet apparel service
721202 Garment pressing
72120200 Garment pressing
72120201 Bobtailer, laundry and drycleaning
7213 Linen Supply
721300 Linen supply
72130000 Linen supply
721301 Linen supply, non-clothing
72130100 Linen supply, non-clothing
72130101 Table cover supply
72130102 Towel supply
721302 Linen supply, clothing
72130200 Linen supply, clothing
72130201 Apron supply
72130202 Coat supply
72130203 Shirt supply
72130204 Uniform supply
7215 Coin-operated Laundries and Cleaning
721500 Coin-operated laundries and cleaning
72150000 Coin-operated laundries and cleaning
721599 Coin-operated laundries and cleaning, nec
72159901 Drycleaning, coin-operated
72159902 Laundry machine routes, coin-operated
72159903 Laundry, coin-operated
7216 Drycleaning Plants, Except Rugs
721600 Drycleaning plants, except rugs
72160000 Drycleaning plants, except rugs
721699 Drycleaning plants, except rugs, nec
72169901 Cleaning and dyeing, except rugs
72169902 Drapery, curtain drycleaning
72169903 Drycleaning collecting and distributing agency
7217 Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
721700 Carpet and upholstery cleaning
72170000 Carpet and upholstery cleaning
721701 Carpet and upholstery cleaning on customer premises
72170100 Carpet and upholstery cleaning on customer premises
72170101 Carpet and furniture cleaning on location
72170102 Upholstery cleaning on customer premises
721702 Carpet and upholstery cleaning plants
72170200 Carpet and upholstery cleaning plants
72170201 Carpet and rug cleaning and repairing plant
72170202 Carpet and rug cleaning plant
72170203 Carpet and rug dyeing plant
7218 Industrial Launderers
721800 Industrial launderers
72180000 Industrial launderers
721801 Industrial equipment launderers
72180100 Industrial equipment launderers
72180101 Laundered mat and rug supply
72180102 Treated equipment supply: mats, rugs, mops, cloths, etc.
72180103 Wiping towel supply
721802 Industrial clothing launderers
72180200 Industrial clothing launderers
72180201 Clean room apparel supply
72180202 Flame and heat resistant clothing supply
72180203 Industrial uniform supply
72180204 Radiation protective garment supply
72180205 Safety glove supply
72180206 Work clothing supply
7219 Laundry and Garment Services, Nec
721900 Laundry and garment services, nec
72190000 Laundry and garment services, nec
721901 Garment making, alteration, and repair
72190100 Garment making, alteration, and repair
72190101 Dressmaking service, material owned by customer
72190102 Garment alteration and repair shop
72190103 Seamstress
72190104 Tailor shop, except custom or merchant tailor
721902 Accessory and non-garment cleaning and repair
72190200 Accessory and non-garment cleaning and repair
72190201 Glove mending for individuals
72190202 Hosiery repair service
72190203 Pillow cleaning and renovating
72190204 Reweaving textiles (mending service)
721903 Infant laundry and garment services
72190300 Infant laundry and garment services
72190301 Diaper service
72190302 Infant wear service
721904 Hand laundries
72190400 Hand laundries
72190401 Chinese hand laundry
72190402 French hand laundry
721999 Laundry and garment services, nec, nec
72199901 Fur garment cleaning, repairing, and storage
72199902 Laundry, except power and coin-operated
7221 Photographic Studios, Portrait
722100 Photographic studios, portrait
72210000 Photographic studios, portrait
722199 Photographic studios, portrait, nec
72219901 Home photographer
72219902 Passport photographer
72219903 Photographer, still or video
72219904 School photographer
72219905 Transient photographer
7231 Beauty Shops
723100 Beauty shops
72310000 Beauty shops
723101 Cosmetology and personal hygiene salons
72310100 Cosmetology and personal hygiene salons
72310101 Cosmetologist
72310102 Electrolysis and epilatory services
72310103 Facial salons
72310104 Manicurist, pedicurist
723102 Beauty schools
72310200 Beauty schools
72310201 Beauty culture school
72310202 Cosmetology school
72310203 Hair dressing school
723199 Beauty shops, nec
72319901 Hairdressers
72319902 Unisex hair salons
7241 Barber Shops
724100 Barber shops
72410000 Barber shops
724199 Barber shops, nec
72419901 Barber college
72419902 Barber shop selling wigs
72419903 Hair stylist, men
7251 Shoe Repair and Shoeshine Parlors
725100 Shoe repair and shoeshine parlors
72510000 Shoe repair and shoeshine parlors
725101 Shoe repair shops
72510100 Shoe repair shops
72510101 Bootblock parlor
72510102 Footwear, custom made
72510103 Shoe dyeing shop
72510104 Shoe repair shop
725199 Shoe repair and shoeshine parlors, nec
72519901 Hat cleaning and blocking shop
72519902 Shoe shine parlor
7261 Funeral Service and Crematories
726100 Funeral service and crematories
72610000 Funeral service and crematories
726199 Funeral service and crematories, nec
72619901 Crematory
72619902 Funeral director
72619903 Funeral home
7291 Tax Return Preparation Services
729100 Tax return preparation services
72910000 Tax return preparation services
7299 Miscellaneous Personal Services
729900 Miscellaneous personal service
72990000 Miscellaneous personal service
729901 Personal appearance services
72990100 Personal appearance services
72990101 Color consultant
72990102 Diet center, without medical staff
72990103 Hair weaving or replacement
72990104 Scalp treatment service
72990105 Tanning salon
72990106 Tattoo parlor
729902 Massage parlor and steam bath services
72990200 Massage parlor and steam bath services
72990201 Massage parlor
72990202 Steam bath
72990203 Turkish bath
729903 Dating and escort services
72990300 Dating and escort services
72990301 Dating service
72990302 Escort service
729904 House and babysitting services
72990400 House and babysitting services
72990401 Babysitting bureau
72990402 House sitting
729905 Facility rental and party planning services
72990500 Facility rental and party planning services
72990501 Banquet hall facilities
72990502 Party planning service
72990503 Wedding chapel, privately operated
72990504 Wedding consultant
729906 Personal document and information services
72990600 Personal document and information services
72990601 Birth certificate facilities
72990602 Car title and tag service to individuals
72990603 Genealogical investigation service
72990604 Information services, consumer
72990605 Marriage bureau
72990606 Telegram service, personal
72990607 Visa procurement service
729907 Station operation services
72990700 Station operation services
72990701 Comfort station operation
72990702 Rest room operation
729908 Stitching services
72990800 Stitching services
72990801 Quilting for individuals
72990802 Stitching, custom
729909 Clothing rental services
72990900 Clothing rental services
72990901 Costume rental
72990902 Dress suit rental
72990903 Tuxedo rental
72990904 Wardrobe service, except theatrical
729910 Personal financial services
72991000 Personal financial services
72991001 Debt counseling or adjustment service, individuals
72991002 Tax refund discounting
729911 Personal item care and storage services
72991100 Personal item care and storage services
72991101 Check room concession
72991102 Coin-operated service machines: scales, shoe shine, etc.
72991103 Locker rental, except cold storage
72991104 Porter service
72991105 Valet parking
729912 Consumer purchasing services
72991200 Consumer purchasing services
72991201 Bartering service
72991202 Buyers' club
72991203 Personal shopping service
729999 Miscellaneous personal services, nec, nec
72999901 Apartment locating service
72999902 College clearinghouse
72999903 Computer photography or portrait
72999904 Consumer buying service
72999905 Handyman service
72999906 Home improvement and renovation contractor agency
72999907 Pillow rental service
72999908 Portrait copying
72999909 Rental of personal items, except for recreation and medical
72999910 Gift wrapping services
72999911 Pet sitting, in-home
72999912 Butcher service, processing only - does not sell meat

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. )