Business Activities / NAICS Codes - Business Registration

The NAICS code and a link to the US Census definitions for each business activity is linked in parenthesis to assist you in selecting the correct business activity, where applicable.  San Francisco gross receipts amounts are used to determine the business registration renewal fee.

Business ActivityDescriptionNAICSCode Section

The activity of providing lodging or short-term accommodations for travelers, vacationers, or others.

Administrative and Support ServicesThe activity of performing routine support activities for the day-to-day business activities of others.56§953.4
Arts, Entertainment and RecreationThe activity of operating facilities or providing services to meet cultural, entertainment or recreational interests of customers or patrons.71§953.3
BiotechnologyThe activity of biotechnology business as defined in Section 906.1 of Article 12-A. §953.2
Certain ServicesRepair and maintenance services, personal and laundry services, and religious, grantmaking, civic, professional and similar organizations that are not otherwise exempt.811, 812, 813§953.1
Clean TechnologyThe activity of clean technology business as defined inSection 906.2 of Article 12-A. §953.2
ConstructionThe activity of preparing sites for, subdividing land for, or working on, buildings or engineering projects (including highways and utility systems).23§953.5
Financial ServicesThe activities of engaging in or facilitating financial transactions.521, 522, 523§953.6
Food ServicesThe activity of preparing meals, snacks and/or beverages to customer order for immediate on-premises or off-premises consumption; it includes drinking places.722§953.2
InformationProducing and distributing information or cultural products; providing the means to transmit or distribute those products; and processing data.51§953.2
InsuranceThe activities of facilitating or supporting the pooling of risk by underwriting insurance and annuities.524§953.6
ManufacturingThe activity of transforming materials, substances or components into new products by mechanical, physical or chemical means; it includes the activity of assembling component parts of manufactured products.31, 32, 33§953.2
Miscellaneous Business Activities (Activity Not Listed Above in forms)All business activities not otherwise exempt and not elsewhere subjected to a Gross Receipts Tax rate or the Administrative Office Tax. §953.4
Private Education and Health ServicesThe activity by persons other than governmental agencies of providing instruction and training in any subject, or of providing health care or social assistance for individuals.61, 62§953.4
Professional, Scientific, and Technical ServicesThe activity of providing for others, specialized professional, scientific, or technical services that require a high degree of expertise and training.54§953.6
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing ServicesThe activities of renting, leasing, or otherwise allowing the use of tangible or intangible assets, and the activity of providing related services.53§953.7
Retail TradeThe activity of retailing any type of personal property, generally without significantly transforming its characteristics, and rendering services incidental to the retail sale of property.44, 45§953.1
Transportation and WarehousingThe activities of providing transportation of passengers and/or goods, warehousing and storage for goods, scenic and sightseeing transportation, and support activities related to modes of transportation.48, 49§953.2
UtilitiesThe activities of the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power, the distribution of natural gas, the provision and distribution of steam supply, the treatment and distribution of water supply, and the removal of sewage. Excludes establishments primarily engaged in waste management services.22§953.3
Wholesale TradeThe activity of wholesaling property, generally without transformation, and rendering services incidental to the sale of property on a wholesale basis.42§953.1

* See each Code section for specific rules on allocating and/or apportioning gross receipts.