1) “Per capita cost means a continuing care retirement community’s operating expenses, excluding depreciation, divided by the average number of residents. (2) “Periodic charges” means fees paid by a resident on a periodic basis. (3) “Permanent closure” means the voluntary or involuntary termination or forfeiture, as specified in subdivisions (a), (b), (g), (h), and (i) of Section 1793.7, of a provider’s certificate of authority or license, or another action that results in the permanent relocation of residents. Permanent closure does not apply in the case of a natural disaster or other event out of the provider’s control. (4) “Permit to accept deposits” means a written authorization by the department permitting an applicant to enter into deposit agreements regarding a single specified continuing care retirement community. (5) “Prepaid contract” means a continuing care contract in which the monthly care fee, if any, may not be adjusted to cover the actual cost of care and services. (6) “Preferred access” means that residents who have previously occupied a residential living unit have a right over other persons to any assisted living or skilled nursing beds that are available at the community. (7) “Processing fee” means a payment to cover administrative costs of processing the application of a depositor or prospective resident. (8) “Promise to provide one or more elements of care” means any expressed or implied representation that one or more elements of care will be provided or will be available, such as by preferred access. (9) “Proposes” means a representation that an applicant or provider will or intends to make a future promise to provide care, including a promise that is subject to a condition, such as the construction of a continuing care retirement community or the acquisition of a certificate of authority. (10) “Provider” means an entity that provides continuing care, makes a continuing care promise, or proposes to promise to provide continuing care. “Provider” also includes any entity that controls an entity that provides continuing care, makes a continuing care promise, or proposes to promise to provide continuing care. The department shall determine whether an entity controls another entity for purposes of this article. No homeowner’s association, cooperative, or condominium association may be a provider. (11) “Provisional certificate of authority” means the certificate issued by the department, properly executed and bearing the State Seal, under Section 1786. A provisional certificate of authority shall be limited to the specific continuing care retirement community and number of units identified in the applicant’s application.