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
92 Justice, Public Order and Safety
9211 Courts
921100 Courts
92110000 Courts
921104 Courts, level of government
92110400 Courts, level of government
92110401 Courts, Federal government
92110402 Courts, State government
92110403 Courts, County government
92110404 Courts, Local government
921199 Courts, nec
92119901 Federal courts
92119902 Local courts
92119903 State courts
9221 Police Protection
922100 Police protection
92210000 Police protection
922101 Police protection, interstate and federal
92210100 Police protection, interstate and federal
92210101 Bureau of criminal investigation, government
92210102 State highway patrol
92210103 State police
922102 Police protection, regional
92210200 Police protection, regional
92210201 County police
92210202 Marshals' office, police
92210203 Municipal police
92210204 Sheriffs' office
922104 Police protection, level of government
92210400 Police protection, level of government
92210401 Police protection, Federal government
92210402 Police protection, State government
92210403 Police protection, County government
92210404 Police protection, Local government
9222 Legal Counsel and Prosecution
922200 Legal counsel and prosecution
92220000 Legal counsel and prosecution
922201 Prosecuting parties
92220100 Prosecuting parties
92220101 Attorney general's office
92220102 District attorneys' office
92220103 Public prosecutors' office
92220104 United States attorneys' office
922202 Legal counsel
92220200 Legal counsel
92220201 Legal counsel office, government
92220202 Public defenders' office
922204 Legal counsel and prosecution, level of government
92220400 Legal counsel and prosecution, level of government
92220401 Legal counsel and prosecution, Federal government
92220402 Legal counsel and prosecution, State government
92220403 Legal counsel and prosecution, County government
92220404 Legal counsel and prosecution, Local government
9223 Correctional Institutions
922300 Correctional institutions
92230000 Correctional institutions
922304 Correctional institutions, level of government
92230400 Correctional institutions, level of government
92230401 Correctional institutions, Federal government
92230402 Correctional institutions, State government
92230403 Correctional institutions, County government
92230404 Correctional institutions, Local government
922399 Correctional institutions, nec
92239901 Detention center, government
92239902 Honor camp, government
92239903 House of correction, government
92239904 Jail, government
92239905 Penitentiary, government
92239906 Prison farm, government
92239907 Prison, government
92239908 Reformatory, government
9224 Fire Protection
922400 Fire protection
92240000 Fire protection
922404 Fire protection, level of government
92240400 Fire protection, level of government
92240401 Fire protection, Federal government
92240402 Fire protection, State government
92240403 Fire protection, County government
92240404 Fire protection, Local government
922499 Fire protection, nec
92249901 Fire department, not including volunteer
92249902 Fire department, volunteer
92249903 Fire marshals' office, government
92249904 Fire prevention office, government
9229 Public Order and Safety, Nec
922900 Public order and safety, nec
92290000 Public order and safety, nec
922901 Public order and safety statistics centers
92290100 Public order and safety statistics centers
92290101 Criminal justice statistics center, government
92290102 Law enforcement statistics center, government
92290103 Public safety statistics center, government
922904 Public order and safety, level of government
92290400 Public order and safety, level of government
92290401 Public order and safety, Federal government
92290402 Public order and safety, State government
92290403 Public order and safety, County government
92290404 Public order and safety, Local government
922999 Public order and safety, nec, nec
92299901 Disaster preparedness and management office, government
92299902 Emergency management office, government
92299903 Public safety bureau, government

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. )