Perth City Hall is to be marketed to developers in a bid to find a new use for the historic building.
Historic Scotland rejected proposals to demolish it to make way for a civic square on the grounds that there may be options for using the building still to be explored.
At a meeting held on Wednesday councillors agreed to a three month marketing period.
Perth and Kinross Council had sought to demolish the building and create a civic square, on the basis that this would deliver significant benefits to economic growth, that public consultation had shown this to be the preferred option for the City Hall, and that development of the building for re-use had previously proven to be unsuccessful.
Councillor Ian Miller, leader of Perth and Kinross Council, said: "Our priority is to secure the option for the future of Perth City Hall that best supports the local economy and wider community, and in as reasonable a timescale as possible.
"Perth City Hall occupies a key location in the centre of Perth. Given the difficult economic climate, and the opportunities our new city status brings, it is vital that the use of this location benefits residents, visitors and our economy. Perth City Hall is a building that inspires strong feelings. A universally popular option for its future may very well not be possible.
"I believe however that most people want the right solution to be reached, and the future of the City Hall to be confirmed, as soon as is feasible and that is what this report is about".