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
95 Administration of Environmental Quality and Housing Programs
9511 Air, Water, and Solid Waste Management
951100 Air, water, and solid waste management
95110000 Air, water, and solid waste management
951101 Environmental agencies
95110100 Environmental agencies
95110101 Air pollution control agency, government
95110102 Environmental protection agency, government
95110103 Environmental quality and control agency, government
951102 Waste management agencies
95110200 Waste management agencies
95110201 Sanitary engineering agency, government
95110202 Waste management program administration, government
95110203 Water control and quality agency, government
95110204 Water pollution control agency, government
951104 Air, water, and solid waste management, level of government
95110400 Air, water, and solid waste management, level of government
95110401 Air, water, and solid waste management, Federal government
95110402 Air, water, and solid waste management, State government
95110403 Air, water, and solid waste management, County government
95110404 AIr, water, and solid waste management, Local government
9512 Land, Mineral, and Wildlife Conservation
951200 Land, mineral, and wildlife conservation
95120000 Land, mineral, and wildlife conservation
951201 Wildlife conservation agencies
95120100 Wildlife conservation agencies
95120101 Fish and wildlife conservation agency, government
95120102 Game and inland fish agency, government
951202 Land conservation agencies
95120200 Land conservation agencies
95120201 Land management agency, government
95120202 Soil conservation services, government
95120203 Wind and water erosion control agency, government
951204 Land, mineral, and wildlife conservation, level of government
95120400 Land, mineral, and wildlife conservation, level of government
95120401 Land, mineral, and wildlife conservation, Federal government
95120402 Land, mineral, and wildlife conservation, State government
95120403 Land, mineral, and wildlife conservation, County government
95120404 Land, mineral, and wildlife conservation, Local government
951299 Land, mineral, and wildlife conservation, nec
95129901 Conservation and stabilization agency, government
95129902 Recreational program administration, government
9531 Housing Programs
953100 Housing programs
95310000 Housing programs
953104 Housing programs, level of government
95310400 Housing programs, level of government
95310401 Housing programs, Federal government
95310402 Housing programs, State government
95310403 Housing programs, County government
95310404 Housing programs, Local government
953199 Housing programs, nec
95319901 Building standards agency, government
95319902 Housing agency, government
95319903 Housing authority, nonoperating: government
95319904 Housing programs, planning and development: government
9532 Urban and Community Development
953200 Urban and community development
95320000 Urban and community development
953201 Community and rural development
95320100 Community and rural development
95320101 Community planning and development agency, government
95320102 County planning and development agency, government
95320103 Rural planning and development agency, government
953202 Urban renewal and development
95320200 Urban renewal and development
95320201 Urban planning and development commission, government
95320202 Urban renewal agency, government
953204 Urban and community development, level of government
95320400 Urban and community development, level of government
95320401 Urban and community development, Federal government
95320402 Urban and community development, State government
95320403 Urban and community development, County government
95320404 Urban and community development, Local government
953299 Urban and community development, nec
95329901 Land redevelopment agency, government
95329902 Zoning board or commission, 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. )