Conwy County Council says it's had a positive meeting with campaigners fighting to save Colwyn Bay's Victoria Pier.
The derelict pier has been the subject of a long battle in recent years.
On February 1, a section of the pier's balustrade at its lower end collapsed into the sea.
Conwy Council had argued that it can't afford the cost of restoring the pier.
In 2015, the Welsh Government rejected the council's application to demolish the pier altogether.
Council officers have now agreed to submit a Listed Building Consent application to dismantle the pier and then store the dismantled listed components for the Trust to restore in the future.
A council spokesperson says work to reinstate a safety fence will restart next week.
The council’s Pier Project Board has requested that a report on the proposals to dismantle the pier be presented to the council before the end of March.