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What SIC code should you use for your mining company

Catherine BoxallCatherine Boxall
Last updated on:
August 11, 2022
Published on:
April 1, 2022

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Before setting up your mining business, you will need to incorporate your company. During the company incorporation process on Companies House, you will need to provide your company’s SIC code based on the nature of your business and services. There are over 600 codes on the list of SIC codes to choose from which can be overwhelming. This article explains what a SIC code is and how to choose one for your new mining business. 


What are standard industrial classifications?

A Standard industrial classification code (SIC code) is a five-digit business code which describes a company’s economic activities and business services. These codes help the Office for National Statistics (ONS) track the state and growth of United Kingdom (UK) companies. The condensed UK SIC code list maintained by Companies House is available on the website. A private limited company (the most popular type) can have multiple SIC codes. Dormant companies and non-trading companies are also required to have a SIC code.

Your mining business can have multiple SIC codes if it has multiple business activities. SIC codes can also be updated via a confirmation statement if ever the business’ activities evolve or you carry-out new activities.

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What SIC code should I use for my mining company?

The SIC code you should use for your mining or quarrying company depends largely on the material that you will be collecting. Below we list the different SIC codes that relate to mining and quarrying so you can determine which SIC code is most appropriate for your business: 

  •  05101 Deep coal mines 
  • 05102 Open cast coal working 
  • 05200 Mining of lignite 
  • 06100 Extraction of crude petroleum 
  • 06200 Extraction of natural gas 
  • 07100 Mining of iron ores 
  • 07210 Mining of uranium and thorium ores 
  • 07290 Mining of other non-ferrous metal ores 
  • 08110 Quarrying of ornamental and building stone, limestone, gypsum, chalk and slate 
  • 08120 Operation of gravel and sand pits; mining of clays and kaolin 
  • 08910 Mining of chemical and fertilizer minerals 
  • 08920 Extraction of peat 
  • 08930 Extraction of salt 
  • 08990 Other mining and quarrying n.e.c. 
  • 09100 Support activities for petroleum and natural gas mining 
  • 09900 Support activities for other mining and quarrying

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The opinions on this page are for general information purposes only and do not constitute legal advice on which you should rely.

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