The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS, pronounced Nakes) was developed as the standard for use by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the collection, analysis, and publication of statistical data related to the business economy of the U. NAICS was developed under the auspices of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and adopted in 1997 to replace the old Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system.
It was also developed in cooperation with the statistical agencies of Canada and Mexico to establish a 3-country standard that allows for a high level of comparability in business statistics among the three countries.
NAICS is scheduled to be reviewed every 5 years for potential revisions, so that the classification system can keep pace with the changing economy.
This is the only time that new NAICS codes can be considered.
Choose the one that most closely corresponds to your primary business activity, or refine your search to obtain other choices.
Rather than searching through a list of primary business activities you may also browse the NAICS Codes and Titles to find your code.
NAICS Codes are self-assigned based on the establishment’s primary activity (the activity that generates the most revenue for the establishment) Individual establishments are assigned NAICS codes by various agencies for various purposes using a variety of methods. There is no “official” way to have a company’s SIC or NAICS code changed.
The NAICS categories and definitions were not developed to meet the needs of procurement and/or regulatory applications. Census Bureau has no formal role as an arbitrator of statistical classification.Commodity groups approximating the NAICS categories were developed, however, and published for the years 1997 through 1999.(These overlap with series for groups using SIC commodity group classifications in the year 1997.) It should be noted that some of the kinds of distinctions made in NAICS and other industry classifications cannot be made in commodity trade data. NAICS places publishing in the new Information industry and retains only printing in manufacturing.This committee will review each comment submitted to determine its feasibility and adherence to the underlying principles of NAICS, consult with the NAICS counterparts in Canada and Mexico to determine if they can accept the proposed changes that would impact 3-country comparability, and then make final recommendations to OMB for additions and changes to the NAICS Manual.This process is now completed for the 2017 revision to NAICS.