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
86 Membership Organizations
8611 Business Associations
861100 Business associations
86110000 Business associations
861101 Trade associations
86110100 Trade associations
86110101 Contractors' association
86110102 Manufacturers' institute
86110103 Merchants' association
86110104 Public utility association
86110105 Shipping and steamship company association
861102 Growers' associations
86110200 Growers' associations
86110201 Growers' marketing advisory service
861103 Regulatory associations
86110300 Regulatory associations
86110301 Better Business Bureau
86110302 Board of Trade
86110303 Industrial standards committee
86110304 Real estate board
861199 Business associations, nec
86119901 Banker's organization, advisory services
86119902 Chamber of Commerce
86119903 Community affairs and services
86119904 Junior Chamber of Commerce
8621 Professional Organizations
862100 Professional organizations
86210000 Professional organizations
862101 Medical field-related associations
86210100 Medical field-related associations
86210101 Dental association
86210102 Health association
86210103 Nursing association
862199 Professional organizations, nec
86219901 Accounting association
86219902 Architect association
86219903 Bar association
86219904 Education and teacher association
86219905 Engineering association
86219906 Professional standards review board
86219907 Scientific membership association
8631 Labor Organizations
863100 Labor organizations
86310000 Labor organizations
863199 Labor organizations, nec
86319901 Collective bargaining unit
86319902 Employees' association
86319903 Labor union
86319904 Trade union
8641 Civic and Social Associations
864100 Civic and social associations
86410000 Civic and social associations
864101 Civic associations
86410100 Civic associations
86410101 Citizens union
86410102 Community membership club
86410103 Taxpayer association
864102 Fraternal associations
86410200 Fraternal associations
86410201 Alumni association
86410202 University club
864103 Youth organizations
86410300 Youth organizations
86410301 Boy Scout organization
86410302 Girl Scout organization
864104 Social associations
86410400 Social associations
86410401 Bars and restaurants, members only
86410402 Business persons club
86410403 Social club, membership
864105 Dwelling-related associations
86410500 Dwelling-related associations
86410501 Condominium association
86410502 Homeowners' association
86410503 Neighborhood association
86410504 Tenant association
864199 Civic and social associations, nec
86419901 Booster club
86419902 Educator's association
86419903 Environmental protection organization
86419904 Parent-teachers' association
86419905 Recreation association
86419906 Singing society
86419907 Veterans' organization
8651 Political Organizations
865100 Political organizations
86510000 Political organizations
865199 Political organizations, nec
86519901 Political action committee
86519902 Political campaign organization
86519903 Political club
86519904 Political fundraising
8661 Religious Organizations
866100 Religious organizations
86610000 Religious organizations
866101 Churches, temples, and shrines
86610100 Churches, temples, and shrines
86610101 Apostolic Church
86610102 Assembly of God Church
86610103 Baptist Church
86610104 Brethren Church
86610105 Buddhist temple
86610106 Catholic Church
86610107 Christian and Reformed Church
86610108 Christian Reformed Church
86610109 Christian Science Church
86610110 Church of the Nazarene
86610111 Church of Christ
86610112 Church of God
86610113 Community Church
86610114 Covenant and Evangelical Church
86610115 Episcopal Church
86610116 Greek Orthodox Church
86610117 Inter-denominational church
86610118 Lutheran Church
86610119 Mennonite Church
86610120 Methodist Church
86610121 Miscellaneous denomination church
86610122 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church)
86610123 Non-denominational church
86610124 Pentecostal Church
86610125 Presbyterian Church
86610126 Reformed Church
86610127 Seventh Day Adventist Church
86610128 Shrines
86610129 Synagogue
86610130 Temples
86610131 Mosques
866102 Nonchurch religious organizations
86610200 Nonchurch religious organizations
86610201 Convent
86610202 Monastery
86610203 Religious instruction
8699 Membership Organizations, Nec
869900 Membership organizations, nec
86990000 Membership organizations, nec
869901 Athletic organizations
86990100 Athletic organizations
86990101 Amateur sports promotion
86990102 Bowling club
86990103 Professional golf association
869902 Reading rooms and other cultural organizations
86990200 Reading rooms and other cultural organizations
86990201 Christian Science Reading Room
86990202 Literary, film or cultural club
86990203 Poetry association
86990204 Reading room, religious materials
869999 Membership organizations, nec, nec
86999901 Animal humane society
86999902 Art council
86999903 Automobile owners' association
86999904 Charitable organization
86999905 Farm bureau
86999906 Flying club
86999907 Food co-operative
86999908 Historical club
86999909 Personal interest organization
86999910 Travel 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. )