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Event Planning: NAICS/SIC Codes

NAICS and SIC Codes

  • NAICS codes (North American Industry Classification System) are keys to government data and company listings. Codes can be from two to six digits. 
  • Older US sources and some commercial databases still use SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) codes.
  • Why do you need a NAICS code?
    • Census databases organize industry data by NAICS codes. 
    • Without the NAICS code, you will not be able to find data.



From the OSHA web site:


2012 NAICS Definition

T = Canadian, Mexican, and United States industries are comparable. 

811192 Car Washes

This U.S. industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in cleaning, washing, and/or waxing automotive vehicles, such as passenger cars, trucks, and vans, and trailers.

Illustrative Examples:

Automotive detail shops
Mobile car and truck washes
Car washes

  Corresponding Index 
811192   811192   811192   Automotive detailing services (i.e., cleaning, polishing)
811192   811192   811192   Automotive washing and polishing
811192   811192   811192   Car detailers
811192   811192   811192   Car washes
811192   811192   811192   Detailing services (i.e., cleaning and polishing), automotive
811192   811192   811192   Mobile car and truck washes
811192   811192   811192   Self-service carwash
811192   811192   811192   Truck and bus washes

SIC Codes

Description for 7542: Carwashes

Division I: Services | Major Group 75: Automotive Repair, Services, And Parking

Industry Group 754: Automotive Services, Except Repair

7542 Carwashes

Establishments primarily engaged in washing, waxing, and polishing motor vehicles, or in furnishing facilities for the self-service washing of motor vehicles.
  • Bus washing
  • Carwashes
  • Cleaning and polishing (detailing) new autos for dealers on a
  • Detailing (cleaning and polishing) new autos for dealers on a
  • Laundries, automotive
  • Truck washing
  • Washing and polishing, automotive
  • Waxing and polishing, automotive