A proposal to ban car washing from Napier driveways has attracted opponents including one man who says it would remove "one of the last joys of life".

Napier City Council's proposed Stormwater Bylaw 2019 has a requirement that no one allows any chemical, including detergents, to enter the stormwater network, Stuff reported.

That includes car wash detergents, which the council says can be fatal to aquatic life.

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Of 37 submissions on the stormwater bylaw, nine had concerns about the impact on car washing and the difficulty some residents had in accessing grass areas or lawn to wash cars, Stuff reported.

One of those submitters, Chris Denby, said the rule was draconian and urged the council to "leave the joy of the car wash on the home driveway".

The council will discuss the submissions at a meeting next week.