Standard industrial classification of economic activities (SIC)

The United Kingdom Standard Industrial Classification code or SIC code describes the main business activity of a limited company or LLP and it is a requirement that at least one SIC code be specified upon registration as failure to do so will force a rejection by Companies House. Up to 4 business activities can be chosen.

SIC codes are used by Companies House and other bodies to classify business establishments and other standard units by the type of economic activity in which they are engaged do and to sort them. The classification of each company is available for anyone to view on the public record.

A code can be changed using a confirmation statement (CS01) which replaces the Annual Return from 30th June 2016.

Note: Even if your company is dormant (99999) or non-trading (74990) you'll still need to provide the appropriate SIC code.

  • 01xxx - Crop & animal production, hunting & related service activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 02xxx - Forestry and logging [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 03xxx - Fishing and aquaculture [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 05xxx - Mining of coal and lignite [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 06xxx - Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 07xxx - Mining of metal ores [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 08xxx - Other mining and quarrying [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 09xxx - Mining support service activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 10xxx - Manufacture of food products [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 11xxx - Manufacture of beverages [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 12xxx - Manufacture of tobacco products [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 13xxx - Manufacture of textiles [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 14xxx - Manufacture of wearing apparel [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 15xxx - Manufacture of leather and related products [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 16xxx - Manufacture of straw&plaiting, wood&cork products; not furniture [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 17xxx - Manufacture of paper and paper products [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 18xxx - Printing and reproduction of recorded media [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 19xxx - Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 20xxx - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 21xxx - Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products & preparations [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 22xxx - Manufacture of rubber and plastic products [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 23xxx - Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 24xxx - Manufacture of basic metals [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 25xxx - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, not machinery & equipment [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 26xxx - Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 27xxx - Manufacture of electrical equipment [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 28xxx - Manufacture of machinery and equipment not elsewhere classified [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 29xxx - Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 30xxx - Manufacture of other transport equipment [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 31xxx - Manufacture of furniture [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 32xxx - Other manufacturing [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 33xxx - Repair and installation of machinery and equipment [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 35xxx - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 36xxx - Water collection, treatment and supply [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 37xxx - Sewerage [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 38xxx - Waste collection, treatment, disposal & material recovery [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 39xxx - Remediation activities and other waste management services [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 41xxx - Construction of buildings [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 42xxx - Civil engineering [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 43xxx - Specialised construction activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 45xxx - Wholesale, retail trade & repair of motor vehicles & motorcycles [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 46xxx - Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 47xxx - Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 49xxx - Land transport and transport via pipelines [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 50xxx - Water transport [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 51xxx - Air transport [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 52xxx - Warehousing and support activities for transportation [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 53xxx - Postal and courier activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 55xxx - Accommodation [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 56xxx - Food and beverage service activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 58xxx - Publishing activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 59xxx - Film, video, tv production, sound recording & music publishing [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 60xxx - Programming and broadcasting activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 61xxx - Telecommunications [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 62xxx - Computer programming, consultancy and related activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 63xxx - Information service activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 64xxx - Financial service activities, except insurance & pension funding [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 65xxx - Insurance, reinsurance & pension funding, not social security [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 66xxx - Financial services & insurance, auxiliary activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 68xxx - Real estate activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 69xxx - Legal and accounting activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 70xxx - Activities of head offices; management consultancy activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 71xxx - Architectural & engineering; technical testing & analysis [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 72xxx - Scientific research and development [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 73xxx - Advertising and market research [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 74xxx - Other professional, scientific and technical activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 75xxx - Veterinary activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 77xxx - Rental and leasing activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 77xxx - Rental and leasing activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 79xxx - Travel agency, tour operator, reservations & related activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 80xxx - Security and investigation activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 81xxx - Services to buildings and landscape activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 82xxx - Office administrative/support; other business support activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 84xxx - Public administration and defence; compulsory social security [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 85xxx - Education [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 86xxx - Human health activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 87xxx - Residential care activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 88xxx - Social work activities without accommodation [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 90xxx - Creative, arts and entertainment activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 91xxx - Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 92xxx - Gambling and betting activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 93xxx - Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 94xxx - Activities of membership organisations [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 95xxx - Repair of computers and personal and household goods [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 96xxx - Other personal service activities [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 97xxx - Activities of households as employers of domestic personnel [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 98xxx - Undifferentiated goods/services; by private houses for own use [SHOW / HIDE]
  • 99xxx - Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies [SHOW / HIDE]